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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

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.

May 11, 2019 Press Release

APTOS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) today announced the first, second, and third place winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition.

April 5, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for high school students throughout California’s 20th Congressional District.  The U.S. House of Representatives sponsors this competition each spring to recognize and honor talented young artists from each congressional district across the country.

February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced today that he has been appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional leadership has appointed Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) to serve on three committees during the 116th Congress.  He will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee.

January 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 54 of his colleagues in writing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressing concern that the administration’s decision to decrease the number of Area Census Offices could lead to a potential undercount of rural, immigrant, low-income, communities of color, and traditionally hard to count communities during the 2020 Census. 

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act, H.R. 403.  The legislation directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to protect 21,000 acres of BLM land adjacent to Clear Creek by designating the area the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.  It would also reopen the 63,000-acre Clear Creek National Recreation Area in San Benito and Fresno counties for public outdoor recreation, including off-road vehicles and hiking.  

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) was appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.  Congressman Panetta released the following statement: