DATE:  November 4, 2012
CONTACT: MaryAnne Pintar, 619-252-9923,

Bilbray voted to underfund veterans’ health care & suicide prevention
Day 6: 11 Reasons in 7 Days to Support Scott Peters for Congress

San Diego -- The Scott Peters for Congress campaign today continued its 11 Reasons in 7 Days to support Peters over Tea Party candidate and 12-year incumbent Brian Bilbray in the California’s new 52nd Congressional District.

Reason #5: Scott will stand up for those who stand up for us. He will always fight to fully fund veterans’ health care and benefits. He won’t turn his back on our war heroes as Brian Bilbray has done.  

When Scott was elected to the City Council, San Diego was losing hundreds of trained, experienced officers to cities where the cost of living was lower and the pay higher. And the Fire Department budget was not sufficient to meet emergency needs. Scott worked to gain Council approval for an 8% pay increase for police officers to help retain them. He also worked to increase the Fire Department budget by nearly 50% over four years to provide more staffing and better equipment. All this was accomplished without raising taxes, but by prioritizing spending.  When Scott left the City, we had one of the lowest crime rates in the San Diego’s history.

Police officers and firefighters risk their lives for us; they deserve to make a fair wage and to have the equipment needed to keep us, and them, safe. At the City, Scott stood up for those who stand up for us. He’s the only candidate in this race endorsed by San Diego Fire Fighters and the International Association of Firefighters.

In Congress, Scott will stand up for veterans and fight to ensure their health care and benefits are fully funded. Veterans and their families make enormous sacrifices to protect our national security and our freedoms.

It’s unconscionable that Brian Bilbray VOTED EIGHT TIMES to underfund veterans’ health care and benefits. He even voted against suicide prevention for our war heroes, and today, we are losing more warriors to suicide than on the battlefield. Yet, Bilbray gives oil companies that have never been more profitable tax breaks and subsidies. Nothing could be more backward or egregious.

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