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I am committed to working towards continued access to health care and improving, not repealing, the Affordable Care Act. I will advocate for the central coast’s health care concerns as Congress continues to debate health care reform. Our seniors, veterans, students, families, and everyone in between deserve to feel secure in their health care future. 

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I will be holding town hall meetings this month in Salinas, Watsonville, and Monterey.  These meetings will be opportunities for members of our community to share their ideas and concerns about issues affecting the central coast of California.  Seating for all events is first come, first served.  Town halls will also be live-streamed on my Facebook and YouTube pages.  

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May 3, 2018 In The News

On Aug. 8, 2017, students and community members wearing brightly colored shirts that read “#SchoolsNotPrisons” filled rows of chairs at a Salinas Union High School District board meeting. In the back row, a handful of Salinas police officers and Chief Adele Fresé sat together. It quickly became standing room only.

On the agenda that night: whether or not Salinas Union High School District would put Salinas police officers on their campuses, as school resource officers.

April 24, 2018 In The News

Four years ago, the Republican-dominated House okayed spending millions on experimental programs to aid low-income Americans in finding work and no longer depending on the nation's food aid program.

It promised to evaluate whether the experiment was a success in 2019, and so far, there are indicators the programs have had positive effects.

April 20, 2018 In The News

This month, CLSA’s Washington, D.C.-based Federal Government Relations team participated in the annual BIO Fly-In to advocate for biomedical innovation, investment, and job creation in California. CLSA took part in a total of 18 meetings with bipartisan legislators on Capitol Hill, and had the privilege of presenting 7 members of our congressional delegation with 2018 BIO “Innovator in Biotechnology” awards, for their leadership in supporting biotech innovation. This year’s award winners included California Reps.

March 19, 2018 In The News

House Democrats sent a letter to Perdue and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney warning against cuts to federal nutrition programs in the Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, as well as calling for more funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Read the letter here.

March 16, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), along with Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), led a group of 90 House Democrats to call on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

March 14, 2018 In The News

A fight over how tough to make work requirements in the food stamp program is already threatening to derail the House farm bill, which some see as one of the only shots for bipartisan legislation this year.

The House Agriculture Committee, which was expected to release its bill as early as this week, is keeping a very tight lid on its proposal to change the program. But what little has leaked out has infuriated groups on the left and the right, jeopardizing its prospects for passage.

March 14, 2018 In The News

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway is delaying the planned debate of a new farm bill to negotiate changes in its nutrition title that could win some Democratic support. 

Democrats have rebelled at provisions in the draft bill that would increase the number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients subject to work requirements and use the savings from reducing enrollment to expand state employment and training programs. 

March 13, 2018 In The News

One of the more moderate Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee, California Rep. Jimmy Panetta, says he wants to see the details of Chairman Mike Conaway’s draft farm bill before taking a position on its nutrition provisions.

March 1, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) today announced dates and locations for staff mobile office hours for the month of March. Congressional staff members will be available in Hollister, Watsonville, and Gonzales to assist with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, federal employee retirement, immigration services, veterans' services, passports, searching for military records, and any other federal matters.