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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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January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) voted in support of House Concurrent Resolution 83, a War Powers Resolution limiting the President’s military action against Iran. Congressman Panetta was an original cosponsor of the legislation.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the Chairs of the bipartisan For Country Caucus – which is comprised of veterans serving in Congress – celebrated a lengthy list of accomplishments for the military, veterans and military families in the 2020 Fiscal Year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Donald J. Trump will sign into law today.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced bipartisan legislation to restore eligibility to servicemembers seeking to transfer their educational benefits to dependents.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Entitlement Act, H.R. 5522, ensures that all servicemembers who have completed ten years of service in the Armed Forces are eligible to transfer their benefits to dependents at any time – both while serving on active duty and as a veteran.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) supported passage of the conference report on the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congressman Panetta successfully incorporated numerous provisions to the bipartisan, bicameral conference report that strengthen programs and priorities for Central Coast defense installations and entities, address military housing issues, and keep the United States in international military alliances and treaties. The measure will soon go to the President’s desk for signature into law.

November 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the bipartisan Open Skies Treaty Stability Act.

October 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted in support of the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, H.R. 4617, to combat foreign interference in American elections. 

October 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted to oppose the President’s decision to end U.S. efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.

"The rash decision to pull out U.S. troops from Syria is not only premature, it undercuts America’s credibility as a leader and reliable ally," Congressman Panetta said. "The decision threatens our status abroad and our security at home."

October 10, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) is calling for clarification from the President about how and why he decided to withdraw U.S. forces from the Syria-Turkey border and effectively abandon our Kurdish partners in the process.

October 4, 2019 In The News
In a letter, a bipartisan group of lawmakers contend persistent military hunger hurts readiness.
October 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) announced that they established the Congressional Naval Education Caucus.