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 cyber security 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

May 26, 2020 Press Release

[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) led a letter with 10 other members of Congress calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to coordinate with the European Union and our European allies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

May 15, 2020 Press Release


[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to pass the Heroes Act,  the latest relief package from the House of Representatives to address the COVID-19 health crisis and provide support for the American people.

Apr 27, 2020 In The News

A series of coronavirus outbreaks in meat packing plants have lead workers and lawmakers to call for improved working conditions.  

Last week, Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, shut down a pork processing plant in South Dakota that accounts for up to 5 percent of production after more than 500 of its workers were infected and one died from COVID-19.

Apr 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)spearheaded a letter signed by all Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) calling on Congressional leadership to include protection and financial assistance for farmworkers to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 8, 2020 Page

Dear Friend,

The COVID-19 health crisis is unprecedented and has impacted our daily lives. But together, we can work through this difficult time because wshare a deep concern about our health, safety, and the social and economic impacts of this global pandemic. 

Mar 30, 2020 Page

As this crisis continues to evolve, it's my mission to provide you with up-to-date resources on how to get the help you need. Please see the list below find helpful tips that may apply to your situation. If you need specific help from our district office, please submit a request, and someone will contact you. 

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release

(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after House passage of H.R.748 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will provide $2 trillion of relief to critical industries, small business owners, and American families:

Jan 7, 2020 Press Release

Fresno, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement on the killing of Iranian military general, Qasem Soleimani: 


Dec 19, 2019 In The News

The House of Representatives will soon vote on two articles of impeachment. Based on the facts I’ve learned over the last two months — and after carefully listening to constituents who both strongly support and oppose the president — I will vote for both articles.

This saddens me. It’s not why I ran for Congress, or why I serve today.

I know my decision will disappoint President Trump’s supporters in the Valley, many of whom I consider friends.