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

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.

Nov 18, 2019 Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement about the overnight shooting in Fresno, California that left 4 people dead and injured 6 others: 

Oct 31, 2019 Press Release

(Washington) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 660, to establish procedures for House committees investigating President Trump to continue their ongoing inquiry:

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.