Equality & Civil Rights

I believe that our federal government must work to provide and protect basic civil liberties to all Americans. As a member of Congress, I will keep fighting every day to make sure that people of color and LGBT+ people are ensured equal protection under the law.


Commission to Study Reparations

I am a cosponsor of the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, H.R. 40 to study the impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African Americans resulting directly and indirectly from slavery to segregation to the desegregation process and the present day.


Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act

I am a cosponsor of the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act, H.R. 1636, to establish a bipartisan commission that will be housed within the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ office tasked with examining the social disparities that disproportionately affect black men and boys in America.

Efforts for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Act

I am a cosponsor of the United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Act, H.Res. 100, to examine the effects of slavery, institutional racism, and discrimination against people of color, and how our history impacts laws and policies today. 


LGBT Caucus

As a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I work with my colleagues in the House to address some of our country’s most pressing equality issues, including fighting anti-LGBT+ appropriations amendments, and advocating for education and aging protections.


Equality Act

I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, a bipartisan, comprehensive nondiscrimination bill to extend civil rights protections to LGBT+ Americans.


Equal Rights Amendment

I am a proud cosponsor of H.J.Res.79 to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). A vote for the ERA is a vote for equality. We must ratify this crucial amendment to enshrine women’s equality in our Constitution and under the law.


Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019​

I am a proud original cosponsor of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, to restore the Voting Rights Act’s power to combat the resurgence of partisan voter suppression across the nation.


More on Equality & Civil Rights

July 16, 2021 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) held a virtual meeting with Central Coast Asian American and Pacific Islander community members to address the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes locally and nationally.


June 1, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) led 38 of his colleagues in introducing the Armed Forces Transgender Dependent Protection Act to ensure the appropriate and necessary healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming dependents of active duty service members.  The measure would prevent the Department of Defense from stationing service members and their transgender dependents in states or countries that prohibit or otherwise restrict gender affirming healthcare and treatments for these Americans.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and his House colleagues passed H.R. 1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021.  The landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 called for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse and ensured survivors had access to essential services and to justice.  Reauthorizing VAWA serves to improve and strengthen the bill’s protections for survivors.  Congressman Panetta is a cosponsor of the legislation.

March 4, 2021 Press Release

This week, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted for the House passage of H.R. 1, the For The People Act.  The legislative package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms will help end the era of big and dark special-interest money in politics, improve voting access, promote election integrity and security, strengthen campaign finance transparency and oversight, fortify ethics laws, and impose greater ethics enforcement for public servants.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) joined his House colleagues in passing H.R. 5, the Equality Act.  The bill would provide explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, credit, education, and jury service.  It also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and public accommodations.  

February 1, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement on Black History Month:

October 2, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) supported passage of House Resolution 1153, condemning unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full, informed consent.  The measure is in response to a whistleblower complaint alleging female detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody underwent hysterectomies without consent.

July 17, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis (GA-05).

June 25, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congressman Panetta (D-CA-20) released the following statement in response to the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 7120, which passed the House by 236 to 181. This bill would better hold law enforcement officials accountable for misconduct, bolsters transparency through data collection and accuracy on wrongdoings and negligent use-of-force, and improves police training and policies.
June 8, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he is an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.  The bicameral legislation was introduced today in the House by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and in the Senate by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).