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.

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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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:

October 26, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), Anthony G.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) joined Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in introducing legislation to adjust the Federal cost share of certain Federal disaster assistance provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act).  Their legislation, the FEMA Assistance Relief Act, H.R.

September 18, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) applauded the introduction of the Senate version of his Small Manufacturer Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 7265.  This bicameral, bipartisan legislation would authorize the Department of Defense to provide financial assistance to Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers for cybersecurity services to help small manufacturers in the defense supply chain.  Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Senate version.

September 11, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) released the following statement on the nineteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:

“19 years ago, our nation suffered the unimaginable loss of 2,977 innocent men, women, and children in the terrorist attacks of September 11.  We will never forget that day and we will always be grateful to those who served and sacrificed thereafter, including the first responders who risked their lives in the intense search and rescue efforts."

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) supported passage of H.R. 7608.  The package includes four Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  Congressman Panetta successfully incorporated numerous amendments to the bills, including provisions to protect the environment and natural resources on the Central Coast, strengthen agricultural research and food security, support U.S.