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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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October 9, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will post a proposed rule change in the Federal Register to deny permanent residency for legal immigrants who use public benefits, including food assistance, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing vouchers.

October 4, 2018 In The News

The 2018 Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, and Congressman Jimmy Panetta said that unless his House Agriculture Committee chair softens on President Donald Trump’s new work requirements for food stamp recipients, farm programs will begin to suffer in the new year.

In an interview this week, Panetta, whose district includes half of Gilroy and all of San Benito County, said legislation like the Farm Bill, which is up for renewal every five years, needs bipartisan agreement to succeed.

September 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this month, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced House Resolution 1062 recognizing the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and its leadership in researching and protecting servicemembers from infectious diseases such as malaria.

September 19, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that the Janus of Santa Cruz received a federal grant totaling $504,691 from the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.  These funds will be used for an integrated residential substance use disorder treatment program for pregnant and postpartum women and their families in Santa Cruz County.

August 28, 2018 In The News
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), along with more than 170 House Democrats sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the Department of Education to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff.
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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.