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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.

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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March 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced H.Res. 214, recognizing the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and its leadership in researching and protecting servicemembers from infectious diseases such as malaria.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a joint resolution to terminate the National Emergency Declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border by President Donald Trump.

"Today, the House voted to nullify the President’s declaration of a fictitious emergency at our nation’s southern border.  As set out in the National Emergencies Act (NEA), the President has the power to declare an emergency, but he cannot contrive the emergency in order to circumvent Congress and our constitution.

February 22, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement about his co-sponsorship of the joint resolution to terminate the National Emergency Declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border by President Donald Trump.

"This joint resolution is necessary to nullify the President’s declaration of a fictitious emergency at our nation’s southern border.  As set out in the National Emergencies Act (NEA), the President has the power to declare an emergency, but he cannot contrive the emergency in order to circumvent Congress and our constitution. 

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.