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.
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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.
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the increase in violence, harassment and hate crimes against Asian Americans:
(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:
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-19) announced the nomination of six high school seniors from Fresno, Madera and Merced counties for admission to one of the United States’ service academies following a rigorous assessment of their academic, leadership, and community involvement standards:
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives (232-197) voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection, threatening our country, violating his oath of office and undermining the fundamental principles of our democracy:
(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the attack on our nation’s Capitol and what must be done to move America forward:
(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after voting for HR 9051, the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Health (CASH) Act of 2020, a standalone COVID-19 relief bill that would increase economic impact payments from $600 to $2000:
(FRESNO, CA) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after passage of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“Strengthening our national security and keeping our country safe is more important than ever,” said Costa. “This bipartisan legislation takes important steps to ensure the U.S. military remains the strongest in the world, secures a pay raise for our hardworking service men and women, and helps our Vietnam veterans receive the coverage they deserve.”
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the updated Heroes Act, a $2.2 trillion bill that strengthens our response and provides critical relief for families, workers, and businesses, including American agriculture, to deal with the ongoing economic hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic:
WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after representatives from Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates signed a historic agreement to normalize relations: