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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Investing in Our Valley

Returning our fair share of federal tax dollars back to the district is an important part of serving the Valley. Investments in education, infrastructure, and transportation grow the Valley’s economy over the short and long-term.

Over the years, I have worked to secure funding for dams, pipelines, pumping stations, and other projects to bring more water to our region. In 2008, I secured funding to expand the Kings County Narcotic and Gang Task Force. These funds made it possible for the Taskforce to take down the organizational structure of the violent Nuestra Familia gang who had taken hold in our community. The raid, which resulted in over 30 arrests, was one of the largest in the Valley’s history.  For more, click here

These are only a few examples of the funding I have secured to make our Valley a better place to live. Below you can find a list of the projects I have requested this year on behalf of local residents and communities.


More on Investing in Our Valley

Jun 1, 2018 Press Release

Merced, CA – In his continued efforts to increase access to affordable, safe, and secure housing in the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) hosted a housing roundtable today to bring together key leaders to collaborate on making homeownership an affordable option in Merced County. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Jimmy Stracner, additional regional HUD officials, and nearly 20 housing leaders and local officials participated in the roundtable, which also marked this year’s launch of National Homeownership Month.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to increase opportunities for San Joaquin Valley residents to access responsible banking and home loans when supporting S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

Apr 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Fresno Yosemite International Airport and rural airports in Merced County are big winners in H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act that the House of Representatives passed Friday, April 27th with strong bipartisan support.

Mar 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after President Trump signed new steel and aluminum tariffs which impose a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports and a 25 percent tariff on steel imports:

“California agriculture will likely feel the most intense and direct pain from these tariffs. California farmers and ranchers earned about $21 billion from trade in 2016, which was roughly 44 percent of their total revenue.

Feb 23, 2018 Press Release

Fresno, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined the Central Valley NMTC Fund, LLC in announcing a $55 million award to Central Valley NMTC through the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. The NMTC program is a federal economic development tool designed to encourage private investment into economically-distressed and underserved communities by providing tax credits for private investment in Community Development Entities. These investments help finance community development projects, spur economic growth, and create jobs for the local community.

Jul 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, of which Rep. Costa is an original cosponsor, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 245-176. Rep. Costa’s amendment to increase accountability for environmental water flows was adopted as part of the final bill.

Jun 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2577, the FY 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill. This bill, which the Administration has threatened to veto, cuts critical investments in infrastructure and housing assistance.

Jan 16, 2015 Press Release

Fresno, CA — Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) announced that the Merced County Office of Education has been awarded a $1,090,186 Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant. The federal grant will help create a new Early Head Start center at Planada Elementary School.