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Scott Peters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 52, Democratic
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Scott Peters has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Scott Peters is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Peters. Video: 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "My wife and I have been long term supporters of Planned Parenthood. We ought to be getting the government out of these choices between a woman and her doctor." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Peters. PLANNED PARENTHOOD ENDORSES SCOTT PETERS FOR CONGRESS: RATINGS - PETERS 100%, BILBRAY 9%. 14 August 2012. "I will always stand firmly in defense of the rights of all women to have access to affordable birth control and reproductive healthcare and will oppose any efforts to roll back these rights." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "Now, I'm a pro-choice candidate, and I'm sure I'll get support from Planned Parenthood." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Lynn Gorguze. Newsletters: Dumbfounded. 19 March 2012. "We are both steadfastly pro-choice. It's unbelievable to us that women are facing the same battle over contraception that American women fought, and won, more than 30 years ago. People who call themselves ˜fiscal conservatives' don't seem to understand that contraception is far more cost effective than unplanned pregnancies [¦] Men CAN and MUST play a strong role in defending women's rights. Affordable access to reproductive healthcare is not a woman's issue “ it's everyone's issue! That's why in this important election, we need a candidate who can beat Brian Bilbray, and who can lead by example in this ridiculous war on women." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 30 March 2012. "Great turnout for the Planned Parenthood speaker series with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains CEO Vicki Cowart, who talked about the silver lining of anti-choice ballot measures -- an effective means to mobilize the pro-choice comm...unity for future elections. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, our own affiliate, and PPAC have done an especially good job of this in California, having had to fight (and defeat!) three parental notification initiatives over the last few years." (www.facebook.com)
  • "I strongly favor reproductive freedom and a woman's right to choose. My wife and I have a long history of supporting Planned Parenthood." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Peters. Video: 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "My wife and I have been long term supporters of Planned Parenthood. We ought to be getting the government out of these choices between a woman and her doctor." (www.youtube.com)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "Now, I'm a pro-choice candidate, and I'm sure I'll get support from Planned Parenthood." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Lynn Gorguze. Newsletters: Dumbfounded. 19 March 2012. "We are both steadfastly pro-choice. It's unbelievable to us that women are facing the same battle over contraception that American women fought, and won, more than 30 years ago. People who call themselves ˜fiscal conservatives' don't seem to understand that contraception is far more cost effective than unplanned pregnancies [¦] Men CAN and MUST play a strong role in defending women's rights. Affordable access to reproductive healthcare is not a woman's issue “ it's everyone's issue! That's why in this important election, we need a candidate who can beat Brian Bilbray, and who can lead by example in this ridiculous war on women." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 30 March 2012. "Great turnout for the Planned Parenthood speaker series with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains CEO Vicki Cowart, who talked about the silver lining of anti-choice ballot measures -- an effective means to mobilize the pro-choice comm...unity for future elections. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, our own affiliate, and PPAC have done an especially good job of this in California, having had to fight (and defeat!) three parental notification initiatives over the last few years." (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Peters. PLANNED PARENTHOOD ENDORSES SCOTT PETERS FOR CONGRESS: RATINGS - PETERS 100%, BILBRAY 9%. 14 August 2012. "I will always stand firmly in defense of the rights of all women to have access to affordable birth control and reproductive healthcare and will oppose any efforts to roll back these rights." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • "I strongly favor reproductive freedom and a woman's right to choose. My wife and I have a long history of supporting Planned Parenthood." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "We have to do something about the tax system, where tax rates are the lowest they've been since the '50s, before the Korean War. At a minimum, we have to let the Bush tax cuts expire, so that everyone is making their contribution to solving the problem. I'm not saying, by the way, that that's the only [solution] because I do think that there's an opportunity for tax reform that would be progressive and maybe get out of the way of business. But the problem is, the people who are able to pay have to be making that contribution. And that's how we're going to get to be able to do things like what's in parts of the American Jobs Act. For instance, there are incentives to hire veterans, which would be really useful for San Diego, or just provisions for keeping teachers from being laid off. We're talking about 200,000 teachers being laid off"that can't be good for an American future that depends on education. So, those things are really important, but you really can't pay for them unless you deal with this tax issue, which I think is job No. 1." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Scott Peters. Statement from Scott Peters RE: the Presidents State of the Union. 25 February 2012. "I applaud the President and wholeheartedly support this statement and his plan to even out the playing field. To get America back on track will require sacrifices from all of us. These include strategic cuts to important government programs. It also means higher taxes on those Americans who are doing extremely well. We can't bring down the debt and fix the budget unless everyone is willing to pitch in." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "We have to do something about the tax system, where tax rates are the lowest they've been since the '50s, before the Korean War. At a minimum, we have to let the Bush tax cuts expire, so that everyone is making their contribution to solving the problem. I'm not saying, by the way, that that's the only [solution] because I do think that there's an opportunity for tax reform that would be progressive and maybe get out of the way of business. But the problem is, the people who are able to pay have to be making that contribution. And that's how we're going to get to be able to do things like what's in parts of the American Jobs Act. For instance, there are incentives to hire veterans, which would be really useful for San Diego, or just provisions for keeping teachers from being laid off. We're talking about 200,000 teachers being laid off"that can't be good for an American future that depends on education. So, those things are really important, but you really can't pay for them unless you deal with this tax issue, which I think is job No. 1." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Scott Peters. Statement from Scott Peters RE: the Presidents State of the Union. 25 February 2012. "I applaud the President and wholeheartedly support this statement and his plan to even out the playing field. To get America back on track will require sacrifices from all of us. These include strategic cuts to important government programs. It also means higher taxes on those Americans who are doing extremely well. We can't bring down the debt and fix the budget unless everyone is willing to pitch in." (www.scottpeters.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "There are a lot of other areas that affect job creation in San Diego and nationally [like] transportation infrastructure"we know our bridges and roads need repair; that would provide jobs in the short term because of construction, but also in the long term because of goods movement. It would make goods movement more efficient, and trade will create jobs [¦] I should say that, too, that there are legitimate cost concerns that we have to deal with. Democrats haven't always been that great in terms of cutting costs. I understand that from being at the city. We had to make a lot of sacrifices that the base constituencies weren't that happy about. But we did it in a way that was respectful to working people, and I think I have a good reputation coming out of that with them." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Pat Sherman. La Jolla Light: Election 2012: Who is Scott Peters? 10 January 2012. "One of the big federal projects we're working on now is the trolley line up to UCSD and UTC. We want to make sure that that kind of thing stays on track. I worked on the TransNet (half-cent sales tax) extension in 2004 that helped provide the local money for that, but now we need the federal money to match it." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "I supported the Convention center expansion which means 6500 new permanent jobs." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Peters. Growing Our Economy. 30 March 2012. "Scott went on to become chair of the San Diego Unified Port District “ a major economic engine that produces tens of thousands of high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans. The Port manages the state tidelands in and around San Diego Bay, which produces $3.3 billion in direct economic impact to the region and supports jobs for more than 40,000 San Diegans. These include maritime and working waterfront jobs, such as shipbuilding and manufacturing, that pay average salaries of $52,000 and $59,000, respectively." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Reforming Local Government. 30 March 2012. "[Peters] completed over $2 billion in downtown redevelopment including a new major league ballpark that generated more than 19,000 jobs [¦] reconstructed the Torrey Pines South municipal golf course to host the 2008 United States Open Championship [...] and completed major district infrastructure, including Highway 56, the North Torrey Pines Bridge, utility line undergrounding, two new fire stations, a new police substation and branch library, and 24 new parks or major park improvements." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "There are a lot of other areas that affect job creation in San Diego and nationally [like] transportation infrastructure"we know our bridges and roads need repair; that would provide jobs in the short term because of construction, but also in the long term because of goods movement. It would make goods movement more efficient, and trade will create jobs [¦] I should say that, too, that there are legitimate cost concerns that we have to deal with. Democrats haven't always been that great in terms of cutting costs. I understand that from being at the city. We had to make a lot of sacrifices that the base constituencies weren't that happy about. But we did it in a way that was respectful to working people, and I think I have a good reputation coming out of that with them." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Pat Sherman. La Jolla Light: Election 2012: Who is Scott Peters? 10 January 2012. "One of the big federal projects we're working on now is the trolley line up to UCSD and UTC. We want to make sure that that kind of thing stays on track. I worked on the TransNet (half-cent sales tax) extension in 2004 that helped provide the local money for that, but now we need the federal money to match it." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "I supported the Convention center expansion which means 6500 new permanent jobs." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Peters. Growing Our Economy. 30 March 2012. "Scott went on to become chair of the San Diego Unified Port District “ a major economic engine that produces tens of thousands of high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans. The Port manages the state tidelands in and around San Diego Bay, which produces $3.3 billion in direct economic impact to the region and supports jobs for more than 40,000 San Diegans. These include maritime and working waterfront jobs, such as shipbuilding and manufacturing, that pay average salaries of $52,000 and $59,000, respectively." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Reforming Local Government. 30 March 2012. "[Peters] completed over $2 billion in downtown redevelopment including a new major league ballpark that generated more than 19,000 jobs [¦] reconstructed the Torrey Pines South municipal golf course to host the 2008 United States Open Championship [...] and completed major district infrastructure, including Highway 56, the North Torrey Pines Bridge, utility line undergrounding, two new fire stations, a new police substation and branch library, and 24 new parks or major park improvements." (www.scottpeters.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Peters. National Education Association Backs Peters for Congress. 27 March 2012. "The importance of a strong public school system at all levels cannot be overstated," Peters said. "I was able to go to a good college because I had a good public education and the support of federal financial aid. I'm running for Congress to make sure every kid has the same opportunities I had." (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Peters. National Education Association Backs Peters for Congress. 30 March 2012. "I will always put our nation's educational system first, and I'm very proud to have the support of this national organization of men and women who work tirelessly to teach our students and run our public schools." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Newsletters: CA Teachers Association Backs Peters for Congress. 8 February 2012. "I have a track record of standing up for what's right, for working people, for kids and families. I will always put our schools and children first. It's a particular honor to have the support of the men and women who are on the front lines of public education. I have incredible respect for them and am grateful for their support." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. National Education Association Backs Peters for Congress. 27 March 2012. "The importance of a strong public school system at all levels cannot be overstated," Peters said. "I was able to go to a good college because I had a good public education and the support of federal financial aid. I'm running for Congress to make sure every kid has the same opportunities I had." (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Peters. National Education Association Backs Peters for Congress. 30 March 2012. "I will always put our nation's educational system first, and I'm very proud to have the support of this national organization of men and women who work tirelessly to teach our students and run our public schools." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Newsletters: CA Teachers Association Backs Peters for Congress. 8 February 2012. "I have a track record of standing up for what's right, for working people, for kids and families. I will always put our schools and children first. It's a particular honor to have the support of the men and women who are on the front lines of public education. I have incredible respect for them and am grateful for their support." (www.scottpeters.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, Representative Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement regarding his vote against H.R. 3 "The Northern Route Approval Act," which would override permitting requirements for the Keystone XL Pipeline."I share the frustration of many Americans who believe that the process for making a decision either way on this project has taken far too long," Congressman Peters said. "However, that does not mean that Congress should become the permitting agency. This bill reaches beyond the normal permitting process that should be handled by the appropriate federal agencies, which have years of expertise in these fields."Rep. Peters continued, "Further, this pipeline itself does not constitute a national energy policy as many have claimed. We must instead be working toward strategies and projects that provide abundant, cheap, and clean energy for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Peters. Reforming Local Government. 30 March 2012. "[Peters] delivered an 80% reduction in sewer spills and beach closure days; banned smoking and alcohol from city parks and beaches [...and] set new standards for energy and water conservation in new development." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Pat Sherman. La Jolla Light: Election 2012: Who is Scott Peters? 10 January 2012. "I'm really involved pretty heavily in a lot of things having to do with reducing the need for energy consumption. Most recently, I've been the chair of the Climate Initiative at the San Diego Foundation, which is trying to help us prevent and deal with the impacts of climate change in the region. Part of that is supporting SANDAG's effort to create a sustainable community strategy that will plan for carbon reduction, lower vehicle miles traveled as we grow, because we're going to add another million people in the next 20 to 30 years. So, we want to make sure that that they get around without using as much energy " and also that we pay attention to retrofitting homes so that they use less energy. Also I've been involved as a member of the board of directors of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute that is focused on trying to build out communities. Bird Rock is an example they used in their national organization in a way that promotes walkability and bicycling, which is healthier and also uses less oil and gas." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Statement from Scott Peters RE: Brian Bilbray's Role in Securing Energy Loan to Aptera. 5 February 2012. "I'm all for American investment in innovation, and investment in alternative energy solutions should be a priority. But decisions on who gets funded should not be based on politics, but on facts, science, economics and viability." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Swimming Upstream Blog: House Highway Bill, and Brian Bilbray, Would De-Fund "Safe Routes to School" & Transit, Buy More Asphalt. 1 March 2012. "As a member of Congress, I will make development of a sustainable energy policy a priority. We must work toward a long-term energy policy that: 1) creates new American jobs; 2) emphasizes greater energy independence; 3) invests in the development of alternative fuels; 4) promotes clean energy technology like wind and solar; 5) ensures greater national security; and 6) provides automakers with incentives for producing fuel-efficient vehicles. We also need to do a better job of building housing and employment centers nearer to one another to reduce commutes. And we need to invest in making all our communities more pedestrian- and bicycle- friendly." (blog.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Accomplishments. 28 August 2012. "As a Councilman, Scott approved the City's Sustainable Community Program and the Climate Protection Action Plan, which is the City's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City's new General Plan, adopted in 2008, won national awards for the standards it set for sustainability and responsible energy usage." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Reforming Local Government. 30 March 2012. "[Peters] delivered an 80% reduction in sewer spills and beach closure days; banned smoking and alcohol from city parks and beaches [...and] set new standards for energy and water conservation in new development." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Pat Sherman. La Jolla Light: Election 2012: Who is Scott Peters? 10 January 2012. "I'm really involved pretty heavily in a lot of things having to do with reducing the need for energy consumption. Most recently, I've been the chair of the Climate Initiative at the San Diego Foundation, which is trying to help us prevent and deal with the impacts of climate change in the region. Part of that is supporting SANDAG's effort to create a sustainable community strategy that will plan for carbon reduction, lower vehicle miles traveled as we grow, because we're going to add another million people in the next 20 to 30 years. So, we want to make sure that that they get around without using as much energy " and also that we pay attention to retrofitting homes so that they use less energy. Also I've been involved as a member of the board of directors of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute that is focused on trying to build out communities. Bird Rock is an example they used in their national organization in a way that promotes walkability and bicycling, which is healthier and also uses less oil and gas." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Statement from Scott Peters RE: Brian Bilbray's Role in Securing Energy Loan to Aptera. 5 February 2012. "I'm all for American investment in innovation, and investment in alternative energy solutions should be a priority. But decisions on who gets funded should not be based on politics, but on facts, science, economics and viability." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Swimming Upstream Blog: House Highway Bill, and Brian Bilbray, Would De-Fund "Safe Routes to School" & Transit, Buy More Asphalt. 1 March 2012. "As a member of Congress, I will make development of a sustainable energy policy a priority. We must work toward a long-term energy policy that: 1) creates new American jobs; 2) emphasizes greater energy independence; 3) invests in the development of alternative fuels; 4) promotes clean energy technology like wind and solar; 5) ensures greater national security; and 6) provides automakers with incentives for producing fuel-efficient vehicles. We also need to do a better job of building housing and employment centers nearer to one another to reduce commutes. And we need to invest in making all our communities more pedestrian- and bicycle- friendly." (blog.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Accomplishments. 28 August 2012. "As a Councilman, Scott approved the City's Sustainable Community Program and the Climate Protection Action Plan, which is the City's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City's new General Plan, adopted in 2008, won national awards for the standards it set for sustainability and responsible energy usage." (www.scottpeters.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (votesmart.org)
  • Vote Nay on "Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 5016 that prohibits the government of the District of Columbia from using funds appropriated by this bill to enforce certain firearms statutes." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter - Letter Text Includes: "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (votesmart.org)
  • Vote Nay on "Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 5016 that prohibits the government of the District of Columbia from using funds appropriated by this bill to enforce certain firearms statutes." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "On healthcare: Don't tell me we've got to go back"we'll repeal Obamacare, but then we're going to be back in this other unsustainable position. So, let's all work together to come up with something that works [¦] Everyone knows we still have the highest healthcare costs in any industrialized country with results that don't justify it. " (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "We need to look at getting Medicare costs under control. I'd like to see the healthcare plan that's in place now have a chance to work. But, clearly, if it doesn't work, if it doesn't control costs, we'll have to fix that and maybe have to take more measures that the 1970s Democrats would not have taken. So, there's room on both sides." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Scott Peters. 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "We have to make care available and affordable to everyone. There is a lot to like about this act. For instance, I like the idea that your kid can stay on your plan until they're 26 years old “ I think thats very helpful to families; and you cannot be denied coverage because of a preexisting issue “ thats been a difficult thing for people to deal with. Its important that we address those issues but I don't think we've done enough about affordability [¦] We know that theres some incentives for doctors to provide care in a cost effective way [¦] But we need to find other ways [¦] We should be negotiating price of drugs for seniors like a private plan would and apparently were just taking the bill from the drug company and paying for it and that's probably a place to save." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 3 March 2012. "I believe that healthcare is a human right, and affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage should be accessible to all Americans. With the price of health insurance skyrocketing, I do support giving the state insurance commissioner the authority to reject health insurance rate increases -- just as the IC has the ability to reject excessive rate increases for auto, homeowner, and other types of insurance." (www.facebook.com)
  • "The ACA contains some real benefits for San Diegans. For example, it prevents insurance companies from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition. It also lets adult children stay on their parent's health care plan until they're 26 -- a change that helps a lot of families with kids in college or who are starting out in their first job. These are the kind of improvements that we would lose if we heeded the mistaken calls just to "repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's health care reform initiative is not perfect, but it's a good start. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that care is affordable for all consumers and small businesses. But under the Affordable Care Act, and over time, Americans will benefit from critical patient protections, increased access to the care they need, lower costs, and greater accountability for the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. [...] If there are improvements we can make, let's make them. If there are fixes we need, let's fix them. Unfortunately, Brian Bilbray and the extremists in Washington have already indicated that they will spend the remainder of the current Congress' time focusing on repeal of the new law, without offering any real alternative, rather than looking for ways they can improve health care and revive our still struggling economy." (votesmart.org)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "On healthcare: Don't tell me we've got to go back"we'll repeal Obamacare, but then we're going to be back in this other unsustainable position. So, let's all work together to come up with something that works [¦] Everyone knows we still have the highest healthcare costs in any industrialized country with results that don't justify it. " (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "We need to look at getting Medicare costs under control. I'd like to see the healthcare plan that's in place now have a chance to work. But, clearly, if it doesn't work, if it doesn't control costs, we'll have to fix that and maybe have to take more measures that the 1970s Democrats would not have taken. So, there's room on both sides." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Scott Peters. 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "We have to make care available and affordable to everyone. There is a lot to like about this act. For instance, I like the idea that your kid can stay on your plan until they're 26 years old “ I think thats very helpful to families; and you cannot be denied coverage because of a preexisting issue “ thats been a difficult thing for people to deal with. Its important that we address those issues but I don't think we've done enough about affordability [¦] We know that theres some incentives for doctors to provide care in a cost effective way [¦] But we need to find other ways [¦] We should be negotiating price of drugs for seniors like a private plan would and apparently were just taking the bill from the drug company and paying for it and that's probably a place to save." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 3 March 2012. "I believe that healthcare is a human right, and affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage should be accessible to all Americans. With the price of health insurance skyrocketing, I do support giving the state insurance commissioner the authority to reject health insurance rate increases -- just as the IC has the ability to reject excessive rate increases for auto, homeowner, and other types of insurance." (www.facebook.com)
  • "The ACA contains some real benefits for San Diegans. For example, it prevents insurance companies from denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition. It also lets adult children stay on their parent's health care plan until they're 26 -- a change that helps a lot of families with kids in college or who are starting out in their first job. These are the kind of improvements that we would lose if we heeded the mistaken calls just to "repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's health care reform initiative is not perfect, but it's a good start. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that care is affordable for all consumers and small businesses. But under the Affordable Care Act, and over time, Americans will benefit from critical patient protections, increased access to the care they need, lower costs, and greater accountability for the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. [...] If there are improvements we can make, let's make them. If there are fixes we need, let's fix them. Unfortunately, Brian Bilbray and the extremists in Washington have already indicated that they will spend the remainder of the current Congress' time focusing on repeal of the new law, without offering any real alternative, rather than looking for ways they can improve health care and revive our still struggling economy." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "Secure border against real criminals, not people who come across the border to pick strawberries. Real criminals. [And] a reasonable guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for people. By the way, at the top end, the educated people, there's something called the Staple Act, which is if someone gets a Ph.D. here, you staple their citizenship to their diploma so say stay here and create jobs here. That kind of approach makes a lot of sense to me, too. Why would we be kicking out people who came here to be educated and telling them to go start their company someplace else. It's absurd." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Scott Peters. Video: 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "Of course it starts with border security and of course we should go after employers who are violating the law. But this notion that anything other than deporting 11 million people is amnesty, which has been the Republican position, is not practical, and the idea that you would reinterpret the Constitution to deal with anchor-babies is not going to happen either. We have serious problems and we have to be more practical." (www.youtube.com)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "Secure border against real criminals, not people who come across the border to pick strawberries. Real criminals. [And] a reasonable guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for people. By the way, at the top end, the educated people, there's something called the Staple Act, which is if someone gets a Ph.D. here, you staple their citizenship to their diploma so say stay here and create jobs here. That kind of approach makes a lot of sense to me, too. Why would we be kicking out people who came here to be educated and telling them to go start their company someplace else. It's absurd." (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Scott Peters. Video: 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "Of course it starts with border security and of course we should go after employers who are violating the law. But this notion that anything other than deporting 11 million people is amnesty, which has been the Republican position, is not practical, and the idea that you would reinterpret the Constitution to deal with anchor-babies is not going to happen either. We have serious problems and we have to be more practical." (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Denying marriage to same-sex couples is wrong; today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that it is also unconstitutional. This is a tremendous victory for equality, fairness, and anti-discrimination." (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 23 February 2012. "I'm very proud to announce that Mr. Bruce Abrams has endorsed my candidacy for Congress! Bruce is great leader in LGBT Community and he Chairs the City of San Diego's Human Relations Commission. Thank you Bruce for your support. It means a lot to me." (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Peters. Statement from Scott Peters RE: Prop 8 Ruling Today. 7 February 2012. "I believe that every loving, committed couple -- gay or straight -- deserves the freedom to marry the person they love. The ability of an individual to care for another person or to be a good parent is not determined by anything other than the character of that person. I am proud to stand with my friends today as we celebrate this victory. And I look forward to the day when we can stop wasting our time and resources fighting this archaic battle and move forward together toward a more tolerant society." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • "I'm proud of this endorsement and for Equality California's recognition of my long and strong record of standing up for LGBT equality and rights," Peters said. "I am as committed as ever to ending discrimination in the workplace against LGBT Americans, to ensuring that all are free to marry the person they love and that their marriage is recognized by all states, and that all people are treated fairly and equally by our federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and am looking forward to continuing the fight for equal rights nationwide. [...] Since coming to Congress, Representative Peters has continued his advocacy for equal rights and marriage equality. He has LGBT staff members, supports equal workplace protections for all Americans, sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court last year in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, and has cosponsored numerous pieces of LGBT focused legislation including several to enhance protections for LGBT youth." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Denying marriage to same-sex couples is wrong; today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that it is also unconstitutional. This is a tremendous victory for equality, fairness, and anti-discrimination." (www.facebook.com)
  • Scott Peters. Statement from Scott Peters RE: Prop 8 Ruling Today. 7 February 2012. "I believe that every loving, committed couple -- gay or straight -- deserves the freedom to marry the person they love. The ability of an individual to care for another person or to be a good parent is not determined by anything other than the character of that person. I am proud to stand with my friends today as we celebrate this victory. And I look forward to the day when we can stop wasting our time and resources fighting this archaic battle and move forward together toward a more tolerant society." (www.scottpeters.com)
  • Scott Peters. Facebook: Wall. 23 February 2012. "I'm very proud to announce that Mr. Bruce Abrams has endorsed my candidacy for Congress! Bruce is great leader in LGBT Community and he Chairs the City of San Diego's Human Relations Commission. Thank you Bruce for your support. It means a lot to me." (www.facebook.com)
  • "I'm proud of this endorsement and for Equality California's recognition of my long and strong record of standing up for LGBT equality and rights," Peters said. "I am as committed as ever to ending discrimination in the workplace against LGBT Americans, to ensuring that all are free to marry the person they love and that their marriage is recognized by all states, and that all people are treated fairly and equally by our federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and am looking forward to continuing the fight for equal rights nationwide. [...] Since coming to Congress, Representative Peters has continued his advocacy for equal rights and marriage equality. He has LGBT staff members, supports equal workplace protections for all Americans, sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court last year in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, and has cosponsored numerous pieces of LGBT focused legislation including several to enhance protections for LGBT youth." (votesmart.org)
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  • Scott Peters. Video: 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "Its not clear yet whether there is a plan to develop nuclear weapons in Iran but I think its highly likely. I encourage the President to do whatever he can in terms of sanctions and so forth in order to do that. I would view force as a last resort, but something that may be necessary." (www.youtube.com)
  • Scott Peters. Video: 52nd Congressional Debate at KPBS. 14 March 2012. "Its not clear yet whether there is a plan to develop nuclear weapons in Iran but I think its highly likely. I encourage the President to do whatever he can in terms of sanctions and so forth in order to do that. I would view force as a last resort, but something that may be necessary." (www.youtube.com)
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  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "There are people who are retired today; you can't take away their benefits. There are people who are near retirement who are counting on these retirement benefits; it's really not fair to change things on them. That's always what I worked on in the past: Let's be fair to the people who've depended on this. But I think if you talked to someone who's 30 years old, he or she's got a whole different view of what Social Security's going to bring. And maybe that's a place where we can be changing what we put in and what we get out. I do think it's important to have some health security for folks as they retire, but it could be a different mix than it was in the '30s, when Social Security started [¦] It should be done as part of a larger conversation about sustainability, but making sure that people have retirement security. " (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Miriam Raftery. East County Magazine: Peters Clarifies Stance on Social Security and Medicare. 7 May 2012. "'I don't support the Republican plan to privatize Social Security or voucherize Medicare,' he told ECM, directly refuting claims that he would 'make a deal with Republicans' for deep cuts in such programs [¦] 'Social Security is funded through 2034. It's better off than many people think,' he said. Peters noted that under President George W. Bush, Republicans sought to invest Social Security funds in the stock market. 'If we had done that in 2008, we would have lost 40% of the value and then Social Security would really be under funded,' he said. 'It's not appropriate to gamble people's retirement away.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David Rolland. San Diego City Beat: Scott Peters thinks he can take down Brian Bilbray. 30 November 2011. "There are people who are retired today; you can't take away their benefits. There are people who are near retirement who are counting on these retirement benefits; it's really not fair to change things on them. That's always what I worked on in the past: Let's be fair to the people who've depended on this. But I think if you talked to someone who's 30 years old, he or she's got a whole different view of what Social Security's going to bring. And maybe that's a place where we can be changing what we put in and what we get out. I do think it's important to have some health security for folks as they retire, but it could be a different mix than it was in the '30s, when Social Security started [¦] It should be done as part of a larger conversation about sustainability, but making sure that people have retirement security. " (www.sdcitybeat.com)
  • Miriam Raftery. East County Magazine: Peters Clarifies Stance on Social Security and Medicare. 7 May 2012. "'I don't support the Republican plan to privatize Social Security or voucherize Medicare,' he told ECM, directly refuting claims that he would 'make a deal with Republicans' for deep cuts in such programs [¦] 'Social Security is funded through 2034. It's better off than many people think,' he said. Peters noted that under President George W. Bush, Republicans sought to invest Social Security funds in the stock market. 'If we had done that in 2008, we would have lost 40% of the value and then Social Security would really be under funded,' he said. 'It's not appropriate to gamble people's retirement away.'" (votesmart.org)

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