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Environment

The central coast of California is home to irreplaceable, pristine public lands and unspoiled coastline and waters. Travelers from around the world visit our district to explore Pinnacles National Park, Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, and part of the California Coastal National Monument, which spans along the California coastline.

As your Congressman, I am working to ensure that these natural wonders are available for future generations to enjoy. In Washington, I am fighting to combat environmental problems and the effects of a changing climate such as sea level rise and ocean acidification. I am also working to maintain and improve the balance between a highly productive agricultural industry, a diverse and sensitive environment, and sustainable tourism.

I will continue to work with my fellow members of Congress on the bipartisan Climate Solutions, Trails, and Oceans Caucuses to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.

 

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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 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), along with Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4), successfully incorporated an amendment to H.R. 268, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, to increase funding for proactive forest management.  This provision will provide $10 million in additional funding for the U.S.

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:

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) cosponsored four bills to stop new offshore oil and gas developments.  The California Clean Coast Act, to permanently ban future offshore oil and gas leasing in areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of California, and the West Coast Ocean Protection Act to permanently ban these actions off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.

January 7, 2019 Page

Resources for federal employees can be found here: https://panetta.house.gov/services/resources-federal-employees

 

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December 12, 2018 In The News

MONTEREY — The U.S. House of Representatives this week unanimously passed maritime legislation that aims to advance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ability to use drone technology to support at-sea research and operations.

Dubbed the Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology Act (CENOTE), the legislation that was co-authored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, will advance NOAA’s use of unmanned maritime systems, encourage private sector research and development and ensure that maritime data is readily available and reliable.

December 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act.  Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) co-authored and introduced the House draft of the bill with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS).

October 26, 2018 In The News

In the World's Salad Bowl, the sun rises and sets on the production of lettuce, cauliflower, garlic, almonds and grapes, among others.

Thanks to the gradual warming of the atmosphere, though, driven by climate change, many of those crops could be at risk, as are the livelihoods of those who farm, produce and pick them, said Maribel Adonian, co-leader of The Citizens' Climate Lobby.

October 20, 2018 In The News

Ocean and environmental protection have traditionally had bipartisan support. President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, championed national parks. Richard Nixon signed legislation that established national marine sanctuaries. George H.W. Bush, who’d been in the offshore oil business, approved the largest boundary under consideration for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary closing the door on drilling while his son, George W. Bush, approved a 140,000-square-mile marine monument off the Hawaiian Islands, later expanded four-fold by Barack Obama.