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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.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, 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.

I am honored to co-chair the Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force with Reps. Seth Moulton and Stephanie Murphy, a group that works to promote smart, strategic, and strong national security policies in Congress.  

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February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced today that he has been appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional leadership has appointed Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) to serve on three committees during the 116th Congress.  He will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee.

February 4, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) has invited Anthony Musa, a federal employee and national security intelligence analyst who was furloughed during the government shutdown, as his guest to the State of the Union.

January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), joined his colleagues Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Darin LaHood (R-IL), in introducing the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act of 2019 to require the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

January 25, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced a deal to reopen the government:

January 24, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — Though 22 House Republicans voted against a bipartisan resolution supporting NATO this week, several said afterward that they actually do support the alliance and not what they saw as a Democratic effort to tie the hands of President Donald Trump.

January 22, 2019 In The News

The House of Representatives resoundingly passed a bipartisan measure Tuesday to prohibit the Trump administration from using federal funds to pull the United States out of NATO, rebuking the president for his frequent attacks against the strategic alliance and suggesting he might seek to withdraw.

The vast majority of House Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill by a vote of 357 to 22, after members of both parties gave impassioned speeches for why the alliance was so vital to preserve and protect.

January 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed his bipartisan legislation, H.R. 676, the NATO Support Act:

January 22, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday evening that seeks to bar President Donald Trump from withdrawing from NATO amid renewed concerns over his commitment to the 29-nation military pact.

January 22, 2019 In The News

(CNN)The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Tuesday that would reiterate strong congressional support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance amid recent reports that President Donald Trump raised the idea of withdrawing from NATO several times last year.