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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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.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), and Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18) wrote to FBI Director Chris Wray asking for further action to prevent violence by members of the so-called Boogaloo Boys and a report to Congress on any current or planned investigations into the group. Two recent murders in Northern California have been linked to the group. A copy of the letter is below.  

June 22, 2020


Director Christopher A. Wray

June 18, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC-02), and several of their colleagues, introduced bipartisan legislation to improve cybersecurity assistance for small manufacturers in the defense supply chain.

May 22, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Congressman Peter King (NY-02), and 36 of their colleagues introduced the bipartisan National Guard COVID-19 Earned Benefits Guarantee Act.

May 21, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced the Preventing Actions Undermining Security without Endorsement (PAUSE) Act to prevent a U.S. president from withdrawing from international treaties without Congressional approval.