National Security

One of my top duties in Congress is to keep our country safe. This means strengthening our national security, supporting our troops at home and abroad, and completing our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To increase our national security, I have supported legislation to give our men and women in uniform the resources they need to keep us safe while ensuring accountability and good stewardship of our taxpayer dollars. For instance, 2011’s National Defense Authorization provides our military with the additional tools they need to disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies. These tools include counter-proliferation programs to keep weapons out of the hands of our enemies and intelligence and cybersecurity efforts to deter threats as soon as we learn about them. Al Qaeda and our enemies are constantly adapting, and I am committed to supporting our military and defense community in evolving to meet new threats.


Supporting our Troops

Over two million American service members have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to keep us safe and it is critical to our national honor and security to support members of our military when they are in the field and when they return home. To learn more about my work for veterans and their families, click here.


Saving Fresno’s 144th Fighter Wing

The Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno is vital for our national security and our Valley’s economic security. The location of the 144th Fighter Wing on the West Coast helps our nation maintain air superiority in the Southwest region of the United States and around the world, and with more than 1000 guardsmen and women stationed at the wing, the 144th is a central part of our local economy.

That’s why I fought so hard to stop proposals by other states to end the 144th fighter wing and halt the transfer of new F-15s to the wing. On a bipartisan basis, I rallied more than half the California Congressional delegation in support of the wing, and we were successful. The new F-15s are on track and the 144th is safe from any proposed elimination.


More on National Security

Nov 22, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Co-Chair of the Portuguese American Caucus introduced a bipartisan resolution, 

Nov 15, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after President Biden signed into law, H.R. 3684 – The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild our nation’s water, road, transit, and broadband systems, grow our economy, and create good-paying jobs.    

Oct 14, 2021 Press Release

(Washington D.C.) – This week, a House Foreign Affairs Committee delegation, led by Chair Gregory W. Meeks, returned from its travel to Lisbon, Portugal, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Aug 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after his vote on H.R.

Jul 21, 2021 Press Release
The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue (TLD), Jim Costa and Radek Sikorski, issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the highly successful first meeting of the TLD in the 117th Congress:
Jun 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement on his vote for H.Res.

Mar 18, 2021 In The News

The year 2020 was unlike any in our lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged us in ways we never thought possible. Paired with the prospect of another drought, this year looks to be just as challenging for our ag communities. As a ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, I remain committed to ensuring they have the resources needed to weather this once in a lifetime crisis: A skilled workforce and reliable water supply.

Mar 17, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the increase in violence, harassment and hate crimes against Asian Americans:

Mar 4, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the most transformational and comprehensive suite of anti-corruption and voting rights reforms in a generation: