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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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:


January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) voted in support of House Concurrent Resolution 83, a War Powers Resolution limiting the President’s military action against Iran. Congressman Panetta was an original cosponsor of the legislation.

January 8, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON (KION) Rep. Jimmy Panetta and several other California members of the House of Representatives were among more than 35 lawmakers who signed a letter demanding answers from the White House.

The group expressed concern about the United States' current relationship with Iran, especially the recent military operation targeting General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

January 3, 2020 In The News

Members of California’s congressional delegation react to President Trump’s authorization of the drone attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad Thursday:

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the Chairs of the bipartisan For Country Caucus – which is comprised of veterans serving in Congress – celebrated a lengthy list of accomplishments for the military, veterans and military families in the 2020 Fiscal Year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Donald J. Trump will sign into law today.

December 19, 2019 In The News

MONTEREY – The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which is expected to be signed into law by the president this week, includes Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s legislation to help residents of military housing.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced bipartisan legislation to restore eligibility to servicemembers seeking to transfer their educational benefits to dependents.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Entitlement Act, H.R. 5522, ensures that all servicemembers who have completed ten years of service in the Armed Forces are eligible to transfer their benefits to dependents at any time – both while serving on active duty and as a veteran.