Congressman Panetta Secures Important Funding for National Security and Central Coast Priorities in House-Passed Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) supported passage of H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020.
Congressman Panetta successfully led two floor amendments to the bill. The first incorporated his bipartisan legislation, the NATO Support Act, into the text and prohibits the use of funds to withdraw the United States from the North Atlantic Treaty. Previously, the standalone NATO Support Act passed the House of Representatives on a 357 – 22 vote. It awaits consideration in the Senate.
"The United States must continue to support and defend our allies around the globe. Today, the House reaffirmed its strong commitment to the NATO alliance and our responsibility to invest in this pillar of international peace, stability, and security," said Congressman Panetta.
His second amendment to H.R. 2740 increased funding for Navy Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) programs. Specifically, the provision provides an additional $8 million in support of underwater mine defeat capabilities.
"Underwater mines represent an asymmetrical threat to naval operations," continued Congressman Panetta. "This funding will advance the development, demonstration, and deployment of unmanned underwater systems to maintain U.S. maritime superiority, ensure national security, and support Navy RDT&E activities on the central coast of California."
Prior to markup and passage of H.R. 2740, Congressman Panetta advocated for an additional $15 million in funding for the Army Corps of Engineers for flood protection in economically disadvantaged communities. This resource could support the Army Corps of Engineer’s Pajaro Valley project. Congressman Panetta advocated for this during a speech on the House floor.