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

Oct 16, 2019 In The News

We are called, during trying times, to focus on those things we have in common. As members of Congress on this World Food Day, we hope that the universality of food—and the knowledge that too many around us don’t have enough to eat—is a reality that can unite us.

Oct 16, 2019 Press Release

Oct 8, 2019 Press Release

(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria:

“The President’s decision to withdraw from Northern Syria and abandon our Kurdish allies is disgraceful and deeply harmful to our national security,” said Costa.

Sep 24, 2019 Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement:

The allegations the President may have used his position to intimidate a foreign government for personal gain are alarming. As members of Congress, we took an oath to preserve and protect our democracy and Constitution. We cannot turn a blind eye to abuse of power.

Aug 13, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)  – Today Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined together with 213 Democratic members of Congress in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding he immediately call the Senate back to session to pass H.R.

Aug 5, 2019 Press Release

 (Fresno, CA) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that took the lives of 31 people and injured more than 50 others:

Jul 23, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, D.C) – Today, the House voted to pass H.Res.246, a resolution to oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel. Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement:

Jul 21, 2019 In The News

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- For Parvin Malek, and many of the thousands of Iranian Americans living in the Fresno area, the threat of war between the United States and Iran has become a constant worry.

"I am very scared. I am very worried about my people," Malek said. "I think that if this tension if the war starts nothing good will come of this war."

Many members of Congress, including Jim Costa (D-Fresno) are relieved the President called off a supposed military attack on Iran Thursday night.

Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

[Washington, D.C.] – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to pass H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, to guard against foreign interference in our democracy by providing funding to states to update and secure their state’s voting systems. 

Jun 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa voted to pass H.R. 3401, a $4.5 billion emergency border supplemental appropriations bill to address the urgent humanitarian situation at our Southern border.