National Security

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.

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August 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that the Department of Defense will seek authorization to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all active-duty military service members. In March 2021, Rep. Panetta and a small group of his colleagues sent a letter to the White House requesting that President Joe Biden issue a waiver of informed consent to require vaccines for all military service members.

June 15, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) introduced bipartisan legislation expressing strong Congressional support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the longest-standing and most successful military alliance in the world. The measure also supports increased cooperation on new and persistent threats to democratic institutions and critical global challenges like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted in support of S. 937, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, landmark legislation that strengthens the nation’s defenses against hate crimes committed against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  This bipartisan bill, which will help combat anti-AAPI discrimination and violence stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, will now go to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

May 15, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement in response to escalating violence in Israel:

March 11, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced the introduction of the Defense Language Improvement (DLI) Act.  The legislation authorizes the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) to grant a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign language to any graduate who fulfills the degree requirements. Currently, DLIFLC may confer an Associate of Arts degree in a foreign language.

February 5, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he was appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on three important House Committees in the 117th Congress: the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Armed Services.  This will be Congressman Panetta’s third consecutive term serving on the Agriculture Committee and his second serving on Ways and Means.  He was asked to return to the Armed Services Committee having served on the committee during his first term in office.


January 13, 2021 Press Release

Watch Congressman Panetta speak in support of impeaching President Trump on the House floor here.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time.

January 8, 2021 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – This week, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), and Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24), all military veterans, requested Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and his combatant commanders to consider ways to provide a check and balance on President Donald Trump’s nuclear strike authority.

December 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) commended the House passage the conference report of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Congressman Panetta served as a conferee, representing the Committee on Ways and Means to secure Central Coast priorities in the final bill package.  The conference report passed at a margin of 335-78, safeguarding the legislation from a potential veto by President Donald Trump.


November 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement in response to yesterday’s announcement that the Trump Administration will expedite troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan: