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I firmly believe that education is the incubator of American innovation, prosperity, and economic equality. I have consistently advocated for programs such as Title I, Head Start, migrant education, and tutoring and mentoring for first-year college students. I will continue to support year-round Pell, streamlined student loan repayment processes, and student loan forgiveness for public service. 

Understanding the significant challenges servicemembers face when they transition out of the military, I introduced legislation to help establish Veterans Resource Centers at public institutions of higher education. I want to ensure our veterans feel empowered and confident when they are trying to advance their careers through education, and these Veterans Resource Centers will be another booster for veterans.  These centers will offer veterans a place to share ideas and advice, as well as professionally and personally network to lay a powerful foundation for their civilian careers.

Additionally, I am working closely with a number of Members from House Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees to better service our men and women in uniform. Through accurate and actionable legislative work we can reduce the barriers to our military members from progressing in their higher education.

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More on Education

October 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) announced that they established the Congressional Naval Education Caucus.

September 20, 2019 In The News
Outcry continues as only 1% of public servants who apply end up qualifying
September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that his office is accepting applications for service academy nominations.  Candidates interested in attending one of four U.S. service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, must submit applications and other necessary documents to Congressman Panetta’s office by Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

September 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Modernization Act to simplify and modernize federal student loan forgiveness programs.

Recent U.S. Government Accountability Office reports have found major deficiencies in the U.S. Department of Education’s administration of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) supported passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Congressman Panetta successfully incorporated numerous provisions to the bill that strengthen programs and priorities for Central Coast defense installations and entities, address military housing issues, and keep the United States in the NATO Alliance. 

Support for Local Defense Installations

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to pause the Trump Administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

"I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to halt the inclusion of an unnecessary citizenship question in the 2020 Census.  The Administration’s rationale for adding the question is inadequate and based on politics over sound policy.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) supported passage of H.R. 3055, the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Related Agencies, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020. 

Congressman Panetta secured over $29 million in critical federal funding that could benefit the central coast of California, including:

June 14, 2019 In The News

MONTEREY – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center will be able to confer a Bachelor of Arts degree in a foreign language to any graduate who fulfills the requirements for the degree if legislation Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, has introduced becomes law.

“Expanding (the Center’s) accreditation authority provides advanced learning opportunities, supports recruitment and re-enlistment initiatives, and incentivizes higher level language learning to better support defense, intelligence, and law enforcement requirements,” said Rep. Panetta.

June 7, 2019 In The News

Legislation aims to breathe new life into decades-old federal program

May 31, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA –  Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), announced the names of students who have accepted appointments to our nation’s service academies including the United States Military Academy Preparatory School.