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The central coast of California is home to more than a dozen military installations that teach foreign languages to our armed forces, research and develop cybersecurity and technology used on and off the battlefield, and educate and foster leadership skills of our men and women in uniform.  As a former intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, I experienced and understand how important those skills and qualities are to bolstering our national security.

In Congress, I work to maintain the military installations on the Central Coast, promote their educational training and technological innovation, and protect their nearly 15,000 good paying jobs that impact the economy of our communities and the safety of our country.  I also work to ensure that our men and women in uniform have the tools, resources, and training they need to accomplish their mission and return home.  Strong Congressional oversight – focused on smarter military spending, clearly defined authorizations for the use of military force, and care for our military families – is the best way for Congress to support our troops and keep our country safe.

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June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) supported passage of H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020.

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 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan Defense Language Improvement (DLI) Act authorizing the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) to confer a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign language upon any graduate who fulfills the degree requirements.  Currently, DLIFLC may confer an Associate of Arts degree in a foreign language.

June 7, 2019 In The News

TO HONOR those who lost their lives during the allied invasion of Nazi-controlled Europe 75 years ago, Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta was part of a congressional delegation that visited France Thursday.

Panetta attended D-Day ceremonies at the U.S. cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, and some of the beaches where the World War II invasion took place on June 6, 1944. The delegation included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and more than 50 others.

June 6, 2019 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the bipartisan National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Reauthorization Act.  The legislation will strengthen the program through enhanced resourcing and improved oversight.

June 6, 2019 In The News

SALINAS, Calif. - President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day with speeches honoring the sacrifice of Allied soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 to begin the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D) was among a Congressional delegation that attended the ceremonies.

June 6, 2019 Press Release

Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.  He was selected to be a part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation of U.S. Representatives, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to recognize the extraordinary courage and sacrifice of the American and Allied forces who launched the liberation of Europe during World War II.

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 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve oversight and enhance the health, safety, and quality of privatized military housing.  The Better Military Housing Act requires the Department of Defense, in consultation with military families, to develop and implement a strategy to improve privatized military housing.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced H.Res. 214, recognizing the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and its leadership in researching and protecting servicemembers from infectious diseases such as malaria.