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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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.  

May 11, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15) called on Administration officials to make full use of the United States government’s international food assistance programs to mitigate the global hunger implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The members urge U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo, and U.S.

May 6, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) led 41 of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in calling on House and Senate leadership to increase funding for the National Guard to support food banks during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

April 2, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Yesterday, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) joined a bipartisan coalition of twenty-six Members of Congress in writing to Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael M. Gilday to express concern for the health and safety of American sailors and Marines embarked on Navy vessels and facing the spread of COVID-19.  Their letter follows news of the spread of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and specifically requests more information on the steps being taken by the U.S.

March 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02) announced that they introduced H.R. 6280, the Reservist Pay Equity Act, to encourage more employers to pay the salary of employees that are members of the National Guard and Reserves when activated.

March 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted for an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to address the coronavirus outbreak. The bill includes funding for testing, vaccine development, treatments, and support for state and local preparedness. The legislation passed on a 415-2 vote.


Among its provisions, the emergency supplemental includes:

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address: