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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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November 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the bipartisan Open Skies Treaty Stability Act.

October 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted in support of the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, H.R. 4617, to combat foreign interference in American elections. 

October 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) voted to oppose the President’s decision to end U.S. efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.

"The rash decision to pull out U.S. troops from Syria is not only premature, it undercuts America’s credibility as a leader and reliable ally," Congressman Panetta said. "The decision threatens our status abroad and our security at home."

October 10, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) is calling for clarification from the President about how and why he decided to withdraw U.S. forces from the Syria-Turkey border and effectively abandon our Kurdish partners in the process.

October 4, 2019 In The News
In a letter, a bipartisan group of lawmakers contend persistent military hunger hurts readiness.
October 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) announced that they established the Congressional Naval Education Caucus.

September 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership requesting retention of Section 602 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. Section 602 provides a basic needs allowance for low-income military service members facing unique costs associated with military service.

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that his office is accepting applications for service academy nominations.  Candidates interested in attending one of four U.S. service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, must submit applications and other necessary documents to Congressman Panetta’s office by Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

September 11, 2019 Press Release

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

"Today, we solemnly remember the terrorist attacks against our nation, and the 2,977 men, women, and children we lost on that horrific day.  We also offer our sincere thanks to those who risked their lives that day and in the months of clean-up that followed.

September 5, 2019 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) released the following statement on the public release of the Army Inspector General report on privatized housing: