News from Representative Peters

   

October 17, 2016

 

Dear Friend,

Whether in Washington or San Diego, my focus is always on San Diego priorities.  Last month, I helped pass several bills to address two issues important to San Diego: updating our water infrastructure and getting our veterans and their families the benefits they earned.

Safeguarding Our Water Infrastructure

Last month, the House passed the Water Resources Development Act, which included my amendment to give the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal entity responsible for building and maintaining much of our nation’s water infrastructure, the best technology available to evaluate the structural health of its infrastructure and construction projects. We know that for every one dollar we spend on preparedness we save four dollars in disaster recovery costs, not to mention countless lives.  As the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events increase, we need to make sure our infrastructure is resilient in the event of a disaster. The funding and projects included in this bill will give the Army Corps of Engineers the tools to enhance resiliency to floods, earthquakes, sea level rise, and other disasters.

Click here or the image above to watch Rep. Peters offer his amendment to the Water Resources Development Act.



Improving Veteran Access to Health Care

Our veterans have earned access to timely, high-quality health care. I helped pass a series of bills to improve medical services at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including emergency and mental health care. 

  • The Vet Connect Act would allow the VA to share medical records with non-VA groups, which was previously prohibited even though veterans can seek care outside the VA system. 
  • To improve the effectiveness of the VA’s crisis hotline, the No Veterans Crisis Line Should Go Unanswered Act would require the VA to collect data, like performance indicators, to ensure veterans don’t wait long to be connected to a counselor. 
  • The Veterans Emergency Treatment (VET) Act would require the VA to comply with a 1986 law that says any veteran who comes to a hospital’s emergency room and is enrolled in the VA health care system, must be stabilized and treated. 

These measures will improve the quality of treatment veterans receive at the VA and provide prompt access to emergency services when veterans need it most.





Honoring Our Nation’s Military Families

The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project is a chance for generations of veterans to share their accounts of serving our nation during times of war and peace. It’s been an honor to work with our local veterans to preserve their stories. I helped pass the Gold Star Families Voices Act to allow immediate family members of fallen service members to contribute to the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. It will ensure we record and remember the sacrifices of all members of our Armed Forces who bravely served our country. No one has given more to their country than Gold Star families and our history should reflect that sacrifice.

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Sincerely,


 

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