January 16, 2013 (Washington, D.C.)--The Democratic Caucus earlier this month approved additional committee assignments for Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) has been assigned to serve on the House Science, Space and Technology committee.
“San Diego has one of the highest concentrations of scientific and high-tech research institutes and companies of any region in the country,” said Peters. “Some of the most advanced work in the life sciences, in marine biology, in the defense and aerospace industry and in renewable energy sources occurs right here; much of this work happens in the 52nd district. “Our economy is largely driven by these innovation industries which generate tens of thousands of high-skill, high wage jobs,” he added. “Being on this committee enhances my ability to help with issues critical to their work such as patent protections and federal funding for scientific research.”
The Committee on Science, Space and Technology “has jurisdiction over all energy research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor, and all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories; astronautical research and development, including resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities; civil aviation research and development; environmental research and development; marine research; commercial application of energy technology; National Institute of Standards and Technology, standardization of weights and measures and the metric system; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Science Foundation; National Weather Service; outer space, including exploration and control thereof; science scholarships; scientific research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor. The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology shall review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to non-military research and development.”
Peters was elected to the U.S. Congress in November 2012. He was took the oath of office with the other members of the 113th Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 3. Last month he was also assigned to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.