Past News

Costa Media Availability on December 7th, 2007

FRESNO, CA - Tomorrow, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will be attending a joint meeting of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and the Fresno City Council regarding homelessness in Fresno County.  At 1:30pm, Costa will introduce the keynote speaker, Mr. Philip Mangano, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 to serve as Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.  Mangano is addressing the Board and the Council to discuss ways to combat homelessness in Fresno and Fresno County.

Costa Announces Page for Spring Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that Ms. Elizabeth Monsma of Shafter, California will serve as his Congressional Page for part of the second session of the 110th Congress.  Monsma is the daughter of Kevin and Deborah Monsma, and is a junior at Shafter High School.  She will be working for the House of Representatives from January 27th, 2008 and will end her semester on June 6th, 2008.

Rep. Costa Attending Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Fair on November 3rd

BAKERSFIELD, CA - On Saturday, November 3rd, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will be attending a Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Fair which he is sponsoring.  Some of the agencies providing information about home purchasing and preventing foreclosure include Housing and Urban Development, ACORN Housing, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, as well as local banks and licensed Realtors. 

Rep. Costa To Host Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Fair

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today he will host a Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Fair on Saturday, November 3rd. Agencies providing information at the fair include Housing and Urban Development, ACORN Housing, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, and local banks and Realtors.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, at the Richard Prado East Bakersfield Senior Center, 2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield, CA 93307, from 9:00am to noon.

Rep. Costa Press Availability Thursday, October 11th

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday October 11th, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will be available to the press to discuss recent Congressional action House Resolution 106, the Armenian Genocide resolution, which passed through the House Foreign Affairs Committee today by a vote of 27 to 21.  Costa will also discuss the Farm Bill.

Below is the statement given by Costa in today's hearing.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

Mexican Government Pledges To Work With Former Braceros Owed Compensation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to a letter that Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) sent to Mexican Congressman Isidro Pedraza Chavez, the President of the Special Commission of Exbraceros, Pedraza stated in a press conference on Tuesday, October 9th that he will help to coordinate efforts to have the Mexican Consulates within the United States assist the former braceros that are still awaiting their compensation for participating in the Bracero Program from 1942-1964 and advocate to allocate funds so they can receive their due payments.

Rep. Costa Press Availability Thursday, October 11th

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday October 11th, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will be available to the press to discuss recent Congressional action House Resolution 106, the Armenian Genocide resolution, which passed through the House Foreign Affairs Committee today by a vote of 27 to 21.

Below is the statement given by Costa in today's hearing.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

10.5.07:Rep. Costa Introduces Bill To Remove Roadblock to Clean Air Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) introduced legislation that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue the practice of funding clean diesel projects as part of environmental enforcement settlements.  Costa introduced this legislation in partnership with Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who introduced the same version in the United States Senate.

10.5.07:Rep. Costa Press Conference Monday, October 8th

FRESNO, CA - Monday, October 8th, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will hold a press conference to discuss President Bush's veto of the children's health care program.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Press Conference

WHEN:           Monday, October 8th, 2:00pm

WHERE:        Community Hospital-Eastern Plaza, adjacent to the Trauma Building

                        2823 Fresno Street

Reps. Costa And Grijalva Introduce Resolution Honoring Former Braceros Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) introduced a resolution honoring the 65th anniversary of the first Bracero workers in the United States.  The Bracero program was implemented in 1942 to fill the labor shortage in the United States caused by World War II.  Twenty-eight states participated in the program, which lasted from 1942 to 1964.

Los Congresistas Costa y Grijalva Presentan en la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos una Propuesta de Ley Honrando a los ExBraceros

WASHINGTON, D.C. - El Congresista Jim Costa (Demócrata de Fresno) y el Congresista Raúl M. Grijalva (Demócrata de Arizona) presentaron juntos una Propuesta de Ley honrando el 65 aniversario de los primeros trabajadores Braceros en los Estados Unidos. El programa de Braceros fue implementado en 1942 a raíz de la escasez de trabajadores en los Estados Unidos causada por la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Veintiocho estados tomaron parte en el programa, el cual duró de 1942 a 1964.

Rep. Costa Announces $2.68 Million Investment Award To The City Of Parlier For Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that an investment award of $2,680,000 has been awarded to the City of Parlier to support the construction of infrastructure improvements to the second phase of Parlier Bio-Agricultural Industrial Park. These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Commerce Economic Develop Administration.  It is anticipated that 125 jobs will be created through this investment.  Costa wrote several letters to the Economic Development Administration in support of the investment award.

Rep. Costa Announces $435,000 Grant To The City Of Fresno To Combat Meth

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $435,000 has been awarded to the City of Fresno to fight methamphetamine. These funds are being awarded through the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to help communities combat the manufacture, use, and distribution of meth. These grants were awarded to 117 law enforcement agencies under COPS Methamphetamine Initiative.  Another 14 training organizations in 11 states won grants under COPS Methamphetamine Training and Technical Assistance program.

9.11.07:Rep. Costa Announces $133,375 Grant For School Safety In The City Of Lemoore

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $133,375 has been awarded to the City of Lemoore to enhance school safety. These funds are being awarded through the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to the Secure Our Schools (SOS) program to improve security in and around schools. The SOS program grants will be dispersed among 152 local law enforcement agencies to enhance school safety in 36 states.

Rep. Costa Announces Service Academy Application Deadline

FRESNO, CA -- Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) is seeking local high school students interested in attending the prestigious service academies in the United States.  Applications are available to all high school students residing in the 20th Congressional District in both of Costa's district offices, located in Fresno and Bakersfield.  The deadline for submission is Friday, November 9, 2007. 

Rep. Costa Expresses Concerns Over New 'No Match' Regulations

FRESNO, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff expressing concerns over the implementation of new regulations addressing Social Security "no match" letters. Costa sent the letter along with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Atwater), and Congressman George Radanovich (R-Mariposa).

Rep. Costa Media Availability Tomorrow

FRESNO, CA - Tomorrow, Friday August 24th, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will be available to the press to discuss issues Congress will take up in September, the impacts of the new White House immigration rule, and a recent meeting with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) regarding AgJobs.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

WHEN:           Friday August 24th, 2007, 1:00pm

Rep. Costa’s District Work Period Events

FRESNO, CA -   Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be traveling throughout the district on Wednesday and Friday this week.  He will be available to the media following each of these events.  Please call for more information or interviews.

Wednesday August 22, 2007

 

At 4pm, Costa will be in Hanford touring the First Family Healthcare Network Clinic.  The healthcare center is located at 328 West 8th Street in Hanford.

Rep. Costa To Host Free Informational Grant Workshop

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today he will host a grant workshop to acquaint non-profit organizations and local governments with federal funding opportunities as well as local grant writing resources. Agencies providing information include the USDA Rural Development, United Way of Fresno County and the American Humanics Program at California State University, Fresno. The workshop will be held on Monday, August 27, at the Mosqueda Community Center - Multimedia Room, 4670 E.

Costa Applauds Farm Bill Approval

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) applauded the House of Representatives approval of the 2007 Farm Bill.  The House passed the five-year reauthorization today by a vote of 231-191. "My Valley colleagues and I worked hard to ensure that the Farm Bill represents meaningful reform to farm programs that reflect the priorities and need of our Valley farmers and families," Costa stated.

Rep. Costa Secures Federal Funding For Pest Detection Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today that $831,000 in federal funding was secured for California Agriculture Commissioners and Sealers Association's Pest Detection Augmentation Program in the Fiscal Year 2008 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Appropriations bill.  The bill was passed on the House floor Thursday night by a vote of 237 to 18.

Rep. Costa Press Availability Friday, July 20th

FRESNO, CA - On Friday, July 20th, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be available to the press to discuss recent Congressional action on the Farm Bill, as it was marked-up in the House Agriculture Committee this week, and will now proceed to the House floor for a vote.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

WHEN:           Friday, July 20th, at 1:15pm

WHERE:        Fresno-Yosemite International Airport

Reps. Costa And Nunes Introduce Bill To Designate The John Krebs Wilderness In Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman Devin Nunes, (R-Visalia) introduced legislation to designate approximately 69,000 acres of land in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park as the John Krebs Wilderness.  In addition, the bill proposes enlarging an existing wilderness area by adding 43,450 acres to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park designation.  Former Congressman John Krebs represented the 17th Congressional District in California between 1975 and 1979.

Rep. Costa Votes For Single Largest Investment in College Aid Since The GI Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Congressman Jim Costa (D- Fresno) supported H.R. 2669, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. HR 2669 increases Pell Grants and cuts student interest rates which will make college more affordable for low and middle income students and families.  The bill also increases scholarships and reduces loan costs at no new expense to U.S. taxpayers.

Rep. Costa Media Availability Tomorrow

FRESNO, CA - Tomorrow, Tuesday July 3rd, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, D-CA, will be available to the press to discuss today's field hearing of the Subcommittee on Water and Power regarding the health of the Delta.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno and Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-CA

WHAT:           Media Availability

WHEN:           Friday July 3rd, 2007, 11:00am

WHERE:        Nilmeier Farms

Rep. Costa Media Availability Today

FRESNO, CA - Today, Friday June 29th, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be available to the press to discuss recent Congressional action on the recently passed appropriations bills, immigration, and the upcoming Farm Bill.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

WHEN:           Friday June 29, 2007, 3:15pm

Rep. Costa $3.3 Million Grant For Kings Community Action Organization

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $3,373,245 has been awarded to the Kings Community Action Organization in Hanford, CA their for Head Start and Early Head Start program.  These funds are being award through the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Head Start program title, and will be used to make improvements to the Head Start program in Hanford.

Rep. Costa Announces Blue Dog Coalition Energy Principles

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced comprehensive new energy principles laid out by the Blue Dog Coalition this week.  Among these principles is increasing U.S. energy security, increasing domestic supply, diversifying our energy portfolio with renewable energy sources, and encouraging research and development in new energy technologies to address climate change and conservation.  These principles will be used by the Coalition to guide Congress as a new national energy policy is written.

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES TRANSPORATION PROJECTS FOR THE DISTRICT

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa announced that California's 20th Congressional District will receive funding from H.R. 3, "The Transportation Equity Act."

Fresno County will receive $7.6 million for Freeway 180 improvements from Hughes/West Avenue to Brawley.  In addition, Fresno County Council of Governments (COG) will receive $5.3 million for rehabilitation, repair and/or reconstruction of deficient two-lane roads that connect to Interstate 5, State Route 180, State Route 41 and State Route 99 countywide.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Congressman Jim Costa will spend the day in Kern County on Friday, October 14, 2005.  Representative Costa will be at the Veteran's Services Department to present well-deserved and long awaited for Congressional Medals to Mr. Ronnie Watson of Bakersfield, California.  Following the ceremony Representative Costa will be available to comment about the variety of happenings in Congress as they relate to the 20th Congressional District; such as the Avian Flu Epidemic. 

 

When:  Friday, October 14, 2005

MEDIA ADVISORY

Congressman Jim Costa will speak at the First Annual Multi Cultural Youth Conference on Friday, October 14, 2005 in Fresno, California.  The conference organizers hope to foster racial and ethnic sensitivity among students and will host a variety of workshops throughout the day.  Following his remarks, Representative Costa will be available for comment on the many things happening in Congress as they relate to the 20th Congressional District, such as the Avian Flu Epidemic and precautionary steps being taken to prevent the catastrophic effects of natural disasters.  

Amtrak Opening

FRESNO, CA (October 21, 2005) -  Today, the City of Fresno and Amtrak agreed to lease terms that will allow the long-awaited opening of the restored historic Santa Fe Depot to open to the public.

Congressman Costa helped locate an alternative source of funding through the California Transportation Commission to mitigate the $607,000 funding shortfall that held up the original opening.

Home Fair

FRESNO, CA - In the effort to provide people with a passport to homeownership Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will host his "First Time Homebuyer Fair" on Saturday, October 29, 2005.  The event will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Sunnyside High School Cafeteria located at 1019 S. Peach Avenue in Fresno.

"Owning a home is, unfortunately, a dream for too many families who wish to provide a stable and comfortable environment within which they can thrive, and for too many families this dream does not become a reality," Costa stated.

Wilma Evacuations

FRESNO - Today Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to work expeditiously toward the evacuation of American Citizens stranded in Cancun, Mexico after the tragedies brought on by Hurricane Wilma.

Following is the text of the letter:

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Secretary

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street, NW

Washington, DC  20520

 

Dear Dr. Rice:

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES MILITARY ACADEMY APPLICATION DEADLINE

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) is seeking local students interested in attending our Nation's prestigious military academies.  Applications are available from Representative Costa's District offices in Fresno and Bakersfield to interested students who live in the 20th Congressional District, which is comprised of parts of Fresno County, Kern County and all of Kings County.  The deadline for submission is Monday, December 19, 2005.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Congressman Jim Costa will speak on campus at the Lemoore High School Cafeteria on Wednesday, October 12th at 9am.  During his visit he will talk to the Junior ROTC class and any interested juniors and seniors about attending Military Service Academies.  Also on hand will also be an Air Force liaison and staff from Congressman Costa's office to answer any additional questions students may have about the application process. 

 

When:  Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Time:  9:00-9:30 am

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES TRANSPORATION PROJECTS FOR THE DISTRICT

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa announced that California's 20th Congressional District will receive over $15 million in funding from H.R. 3, The Transportation Equity Act Conference Report.

Fresno County will receive $7.6 million for Freeway 180 improvements from Hughes/West Avenue to Brawley and $5.3 million for rehabilitation, repair and/or reconstruction of deficient two-lane roads that connect to Interstate 5, State Route 180, State Route 41, and State Route 99 countywide.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS RECEIVED IN THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced the City of Bakersfield as the recipient of an Economic Development Initiative grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $277,750.

"Maintaining a safe and pleasant atmosphere in which Bakersfield residents can reside is an important goal and these funds will aid in the city's attempt to achieve such a goal," Congressman Costa said.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Congressman Jim Costa will be available on Saturday, July 30, 2005 for comment on the recently passed Transportation Bill that provided funding for Highway 99.

 

When:  Saturday, July 30, 2005

Time:  1:30 pm

Place:  Patio In front of China Bistro and Kebab Time Restaurants

Pavilion West Shopping Center

South West Corner of Bullard Avenue and West Avenue

 

For More Information Contact:

CONGRESSMAN COSTA STATEMENT ON NEW ENDANGERED SPECIES LEGISLATION

Washington DC - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) has issued the following statement on Representative Richard Pombo's introduction of the "Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005."

"I appreciate the efforts that Chairman Pombo and my colleagues in the Resources Committee are undertaking to draft legislation to reform the Endangered Species Act.

"While I was in the California Legislature, I led an effort to provide the first meaningful reform as it related to the incidental and accidental taking in agriculture.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced public broadcasting funds awarded to Kern County from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  More than $8.8 million will be awarded to radio stations across the United States to help with the transition to Digital Services.

"Digital technology greatly enhances radio stations' ability to provide services to the public," Congressman Costa said.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Dennis Cardoza to Hold Joint Press Conference on Hurricane Budget Accountability and Reform 

U.S. Congressmen Cardoza and Costa call for Congress and the President to put in place common sense budget reform to pay for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and to secure our nation's future:

 

Date:                   Monday, September 26, 2005

Time:         10:00 am

REPRESENTATIVES JOIN TO URGE FUNDS FOR VETERANS HOMES

FRESNO, CA - Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) is among a bipartisan group of twenty-two California Members of the House of Representatives who have voiced their support for adequate funding of Veterans Homes.  The group includes Valley legislators, Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced), George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) and Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield).  Veterans' homes, Congressman Costa stated, "provide a critical safety net for the well being of those who served our country."

Costa calls for increased Congressional oversight of Amtrak board; characterizes Gunn firing as step toward “emasculation” of train system

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) called today (Tuesday, Nov.15) for greater Congressional oversight of decisions made by Amtrak Board of Directors.

In testimony before the Railroads Subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee, Costa said, "In reality the Administration wants to emasculate and then kill Amtrak, putting another unfunded mandate on the back of any state that decides to continue an inter-city rail system."

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) issued the following statement in support for the Executive Order creating "A California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley."  This partnership will bring together various local and state government and private entities committed to bringing about economic growth and prosperity within the San Joaquin Valley.

Statement From Congressman Costa in Support of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley:

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) issued the following statement in support for the Executive Order creating "A California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley."  This partnership will bring together various local and state government and private entities committed to bringing about economic growth and prosperity within the San Joaquin Valley.

Statement From Congressman Costa in Support of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley:

CONGRESSMAN COSTA WELCOMES KERN COUNTRY WATER DISTRICT TO RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - On April 13, 2005 at 1pm, the Subcommittee on Water and Power will hold an oversight hearing on "The Role of New Surface and Groundwater Storage in Providing Reliable Water and Power Supplies and Reducing Drought's Impacts."  John Stovall, former Legal Counsel to Kern Country Water District, will testify at the hearing.  

"Mr. Stovall's expertise in dealing with these issues is a great asset to the Committee and it is wonderful that he will be able to share his knowledge of water storage issues," Costa stated. 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Congressman Jim Costa will be available today, Friday March 11th, to discuss the district's federal transportation funding.  Please contact Kherstin Khan or Jack Hall to schedule an interview.

 

Kherstin Khan: 559-495-1620

Jack Hall: 559-930-7956

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES TRANSPORATION PROJECTS FOR THE DISTRICT

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa announced that California's 20th Congressional District will receive $16 million in funding from the Transportation Equity Act: Legacy for Users (TEA-LU).

1. $9.5 million for Freeway 180 improvements from Hughes/West Avenue to Brawley in Fresno County, CA.

2. $3.5 million for rehabilitation, repair, and/or reconstruction of deficient two-lane roads that connect to Interstate 5, State Route 180, State Route 41, and State Route 99 countywide in Fresno County, CA.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Congressman Jim Costa will be on site Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at the Kings County Board of Supervisors meeting.  Representative Costa will be awarding the distinguished Veteran Les Collins, longtime Hanford resident, medals of recognition for his duty during World War II.  On Tuesday, Mr. Collins will be presented with the Bronze Star, Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, World War II Victory, and Army of Occupation medals.

 

When:  Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Time:  10:30 am

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA'S REPORT TO THE DISTRICT

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) will be available Friday, February 11 at California State University Bakersfield in the Business Development Center, Room 165.  He will report on his first month in Washington and his current committee assignments.  Congressman Costa will be speaking at a Political Science class until 2pm on the campus and will be available immediately following.  The Business Development Center is located directly across from the President' Office on campus.

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES ART COMPETITION

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa is seeking local student artists to compete in the Congressional Art Competition for the Twentieth District of California. 

The competition is open to ninth through twelfth grade students who live in the 20th Congressional District.  The deadline for submission of artwork is Friday, May 6, 2005.  The local winner will be invited to attend the festivities in Washington, DC on June 14, 2005.

Costa Urged Passage of Meth Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) voiced his strong support today, Tuesday, 12/13/05 on the floor of the House of Representatives for preventing families from being exposed to the hazardous remains of methamphetamine labs.

Speaking in support of HR 798, "Methamphetamine Remediation Act of 2005," Costa brought attention to the epidemic sweeping the San Joaquin Valley.  "We in California's Central Valley have been fighting rampant meth abuse, production and clean up for over 20 years."

Costa Announces Funds Received in the 20th District

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today (Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005) that Fresno, Kern and Kings County will receive a grant totaling just under $2 million dollars from the United States Department of Justice office of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

"These funds," Costa said, "help to compensate states and localities for the costs incurred for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens." 

Costa Announces Funds Received in the 20th District

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today (Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005) that Fresno County will receive a grant totaling just over $1 million dollars from the United States Department of Justice office of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

"These funds," Costa said, "help to compensate states and localities for the costs incurred for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens." 

Costa Announces Funds Received in the 20th District

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today (Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005) that Kings County will receive a grant totaling over $100,000from the United States Department of Justice office of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

"These funds," Costa said, "help to compensate states and localities for the costs incurred for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens." 

CONGRESSMAN COSTA SUPPORTS CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK

The President's proposed budget seriously jeopardizes the future funding mechanism of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund.  The Fund was enacted to pay for victims' services and compensations.  It operates with money collected from criminal offenders, not taxpayers.  Once collected, the funding is distributed to victims and organizations that provide victims' services.  There are approximately 4,400 agencies that depend upon the victim assistance funds to provide direct services to 3.6 million crime victims a year. 

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANT AVAILABILITY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced the availability of funds from the United States Department of Homeland Security's Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness (SLGCP).  Grants are available to local fire departments to recruit, hire and retain qualified volunteer and career firefighters.

"All eligible Fire Departments should apply for these funds, which will greatly assist them in their role as facilitators of public safety," Congressman Costa said.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA VISITS THE TROOPS

Washington DC - In celebration of Memorial Day week, Congressman Costa visits the troops.

Congressman Costa was invited on an official congressional trip oversees that will include stops in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In addition to military personnel, Costa will be joined by Representatives Mike Sodrel (IN-09) and Lincoln Davis (TN-04).   

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES NASA SPACEFLIGHT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that schools are eligible to apply for the Live In-Flight Downlink offered by NASA Spaceflight Education Opportunities (NSEO); which allows students, educators and community members to communicate with in-flight astronauts.

"This is an exciting chance for students to gain first-hand knowledge on a range of subjects from interacting with crewmembers on an in-space flight," Congressman Costa said.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced grant funding totaling near $135 million that is available from the United States Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).  Three grants are currently available to select law enforcement agencies: Interoperable Communications Technology program, Secure our Schools program and Tribal Resources Grant program.

"These grant programs are assets to the community and all who are eligible should apply," Congressman Costa said

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT GRANT FUNDS

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to California's 20th Congressional District.

"The Indian Housing Block Grant will provide considerable funds to help provide affordable housing and services to the Santa Rosa Rancheria," Congressman Costa said.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GRANT FUNDS

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced a Department of Health and Human Services grant to California's 20th Congressional District.

"The funds awarded to Fresno County Human Services System's Healthy Start Program aim at eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and provide the department with the necessary tools to achieve their mission," Congressman Costa said.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES FUNDS AWARDED TO KERN COUNTY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that Kern County will receive approximately $310,000 from the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department Health and Human Services.

 

"These funds play an integral role in the county's ability to maintain a safe environment in which residents can thrive," Congressman Costa said.

 

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES FUNDS AWARDED TO FRESNO COUNTY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that Fresno County will receive approximately $560,000 from the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department Health and Human Services.

 

"These funds play an integral role in the county's ability to maintain a safe environment in which residents can thrive," Congressman Costa said.

 

Congressman Costa Successfully Works to Improve the Endangered Species Act

Today, the House Resources Committee agreed to two amendments introduced by Congressman Jim Costa to the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act.  The Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act updates the Endangered Species Act.  Both amendments recognize the importance of local planning agencies and identify a role for them when considering recovery planning of endangered species.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Four valley Congressman will be at California State University, Fresno on Monday, October 24th to host the first meeting for the purpose of developing a long term Regional Water Plan for seven Valley counties.  This water plan will contain solutions regarding water supply, water quality, flood control and enactment of environmental restoration measures.  Representatives Dennis Cardoza, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes and George Radanovich will each give opening remarks.  The San Joaquin Valley Regional Water planning effort will bring together a diverse group

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS RECEIVED IN THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced Fresno County as the recipient of five Department of Housing and Urban Development grants totaling over $13 million.  Various cities in Fresno County will receive funds from the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, American Dream Downpayment Initiative, HOME program and Capital Fund Program.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA SUPPORTS VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT FUND

Washington D.C. - At a bi-partisan press conference today, Congressman Jim Costa strongly supported the continuation of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund.  Also in attendance were Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Congresswoman Katherine Harris (FL-13), Mr. Tom Charron, the Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association, Mr. Mark Lunsford, the father of Jessica Lunsford who was murdered in Florida, and 14 national victim rights groups.  The President's budget proposes rescinding the money in the Victims of

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANTS RECEIVED IN THE 20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that two health organizations in the 20th district will receive federal funding, totaling near $678,000, from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  National Health Services, Inc. in Shafter and Clinica Sierra Vista, Inc. in Bakersfield have been awarded funds to expand medical capacity and provide oral health access.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANTS RECEIVED IN THE 20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that Community Action Partnership Bakersfield of Kern has been selected to receive funding, totaling near $100,000, under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program from the United States Department of Education.

"Physical education is an important aspect of our educational system and these funds will allow schools to provide adequate activities for students to learn about healthy ways of living," Congressman Costa said.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUNDS AWARDED TO FRESNO COUNTY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that approximately $525,000 has been awarded to the City of Firebaugh from the Department of Housing and Community Development's HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

"These funds play an integral role in creating and maintaining housing activities," Congressman Costa said.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS RECEIVED IN THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced Kern County as the recipient of five Department of Housing and Urban Development grants totaling near $13.6 million.  Various cities in Kern County will receive funds from the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, American Dream Downpayment Initiative, HOME program and Capital Fund Program.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDS RECEIVED IN THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced Kings County as the recipient of two Department of Housing and Urban Development grants totaling near $5.6 million.  Various cities in Kings County will receive funds from the Community Development Block Grant and Capital Fund Program.

"As our communities grow so do housing needs and these funds help various people and organizations realize their goal of making housing options available to more community residents," Congressman Costa said.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA VOTES TO PROTECT AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement regarding his vote on H.R. 3045, "Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act" (CAFTA): 

"I fully support global commerce.  As a third-generation family farmer, I truly understand the benefit of opening the world to the abundance of U.S. products.

COSTA AND RADANOVICH ANNOUNCE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT LANGUAGE THAT WILL BENEFIT VALLEY

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) and Congressman George Radanovich (CA-19) praised the inclusion of a provision that will benefit the Valley within the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2005 (HR 2864).  The House passed its version and it will be reconciled by the Conference Committee in the near future.  Costa and Radanovich issued the following statements in response to this action:

Costa

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR CONGRESSMAN COSTA

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa will attend the Discovery shuttle launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida as part of the official Congressional delegation.  Costa is a member of the House Science Committee and Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.  The launch will take place at 3:51pm EST.  Congressman Costa is available for comment before and after the launch.  To schedule an interview, call:

 

Tracy Sherman

202-225-3341

 

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CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARDED IN THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that nearly $500,000 has been awarded to Valley Health Team, Inc. from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  The grant will be used to fund the expansion of the facility's rural healthcare services.

"Healthcare availability to all citizens is necessary to foster consciousness about healthy habits that benefit all community members," Congressman Costa Stated.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANT RECEIVED IN THE 20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that the United States Department of Labor has awarded Employer's Training Resource of Kern County $1,753,577 from a National Farmworker Jobs Program Grant.

"The availability of adequate job training programs to all citizens is important and these funds will help to provide useful work related services to our migrant and seasonal farmworkers," Congressman Costa said.

KCWA press conference

Congressman Jim Costa will spend the day in Bakersfield on Thursday, July 7, 2005.  Representative Costa will attend the Kern County Water Agency Press Conference where he will award the 2004 and 2005 annual Jim Costa - Kern County Water Agency Resources Fellowship to past recipient Brian Taylor, California State University, Bakersfield graduate and current recipient Joanna Oseguera a CSUB student.  This Fellowship is awarded based on academic excellence and pursuit of study in a water resources related field.  Congressman Costa will be available for

100 Best Communities for Young People

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced his support for the national program aimed at identifying the "100 Best Communities for Young People."  Cities and towns have the chance to compete for the title based on the opportunities and experiences they offer their youth.

"In our country there are numerous diverse communities that provide our youth with unique experiences and the recognition provided by this program allows these communities to broaden their outreach efforts," Congressman Costa stated.

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARDED IN THE 20TH DISTRICT

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that approximately $200,000 has been awarded to United Health Centers of San Joaquin Valley, Inc. in Parlier from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  The grant will be used as supplemental funding to expand the facility's services.

"Making healthcare available to those often overlooked by the system is of vital interest to us all and these funds will help to promote this important task," Congressman Costa Stated.

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced his support for the Executive Order creating "A California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley."  This partnership will bring together various government and private entities committed to bringing about economic growth and prosperity within the San Joaquin Valley.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA RALLIES SUPPORT FOR HANFORD POST OFFICE

FRESNO, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) led the effort to help relocate the Hanford Post Office.  Representative Costa sent a letter to the District Manager of the United States Postal Service in the hopes that he could communicate the need for a bigger facility to accommodate the city's growth.  A city's post office must be able to expand as the city expands; unfortunately Hanford has grown and the Post Office has not been able to increase services accordingly.

The text of the letter follows.

Dear District Manager Tovar,

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUNDS AWARDED TO KINGS COUNTY

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that $240,004 has been awarded to the City of Hanford from the Department of Housing and Community Development's HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

"These funds play an integral role in creating and maintaining housing activities," Congressman Costa said.

The City of Hanford's First-Time Homebuyer Acquisition-Only Program is the beneficiary of the grant.  The entire amount, $240,004, will be awarded to the First-Time Homebuyer program.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GRANT FUNDS

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced that the United States Department of Education has named three Fresno County Schools, Sanger Unified, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified and Fresno Unified School District as recipients of the Alcohol Abuse Reduction Grants Program.  Combined, the schools will receive just over $1 million.

Rep. Costa Announces Two New Staff Members

WASHINGTON, DC & FRESNO, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that two new employees will be joining his staff.  Chris Rosander will serve as Costa's new District Director in Fresno, CA, and Bret Rumbeck will work in Washington, DC as a legislative and press assistant. 

"Both Chris and Bret bring deep Valley roots to my staff, and I am excited to have them on board," said Costa. 

Rep. Costa Announces State Criminal Alien Assistance Program Reimbursement Funds

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) reimbursement funds for Kern, Kings, and Fresno Counties.  SCAAP is a formula grant program which provides assistance to states and localities for correctional officer salary costs incurred for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens.  Kern County will receive approximately $942,850, Kings County will receive approximately $126,900, and Fresno County will receive approximately $1,038,345 in SCAAP funds for 2006.  Overall, the State of Calif

Rep. Costa Press Availability Saturday, June 23rd

FRESNO, CA - On Saturday June 23rd, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be available to the press to discuss recent Congressional action on the Farm Bill, the recently passed energy package, and immigration. 

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

WHEN:           Saturday June 23, 2007, 1:45pm

WHERE:        Starbucks

                 2097 W. Bullard Avenue Fresno, CA 93711

Rep. Costa Establishes New Congressional Water Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced the establishment of the bipartisan Congressional Water Caucus.  Costa, along with Representatives John Linder (R-Georgia), Bart Stupak (D-Michigan), George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) and Grace Napolitano (D-California), will be a co-chairman of this caucus, with goals of promoting dialogue among Members of Congress and staff about water quality, supply and access.  Another major goal of this new caucus will be to educate representatives about water, providing scientific information about water re

Rep. Costa Announces Opening For Congressional Fall Page Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, today announced that he is accepting applications for the House of Representatives Congressional Page Program for this fall semester.  Candidates must be at least 16 years old, entering their junior year in high school, carry at least a 3.0 GPA, and reside in the 20th Congressional District in order to apply.  This is a very competitive program, with only 66 Page positions available in the House of Representatives per semester.  The application deadline for the fall semester is June 13th.

Costa Calls On Governor To Support High Speed Rail Funding

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be leading a press conference on Monday, June 4st, calling on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to support continued funding for high speed rail in next year's budget.  As the final weeks of debate between the Legislature and the Governor for the state budget near, there is a need to fund this critical project to continue the momentum and progress recently achieved.

Costa Calls On Governor To Support High Speed Rail Funding

FRESNO, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, lead a press conference calling on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to support continued funding for high speed rail in next year's state budget.  As the final weeks of debate between the Legislature and the Governor for the state budget near, there is a need to fund this critical project to continue the momentum and progress recently achieved.

Costa Introduces Integrated Regional Water Management Plan Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, introduced legislation which would provide for a study regarding development of a comprehensive integrated regional water management plan which would address four general areas of regional water planning.  This would include both the San Joaquin River Hydrologic Region and the Tulare Lake Hydrologic Region.  The study would provide a plan for cities, counties, and water agencies to address and solve long-term water needs.

Congressman Costa Media Availability Friday June 1

BAKERSFIELD, CA - On Friday June 1, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be available to the press to discuss recent Congressional action on the military supplemental funding bill, the ethics reform package, and the minimum wage increase.  He will also be willing to discuss the House and Senate effort to bring about comprehensive bi-partisan immigration reform during June and July in cooperation with President Bush.

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

5. 25. 07: Rep. Costa Press Availability Saturday May 26th

FRESNO, CA -   On Saturday May 26, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be available to the press to discuss recent Congressional action on the military supplemental funding bill, the ethics reform package, and the minimum wage increase. 

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Media Availability

WHEN:           Saturday May 26, 2007, 4:30pm

WHERE:        Sunnyside Country Club

                 5704 East Butler Road, Fresno, CA 93727

Rep. Costa's District Work Period Events

FRESNO, CA -   Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be traveling throughout the district during this week's district work period.  He will be available to the media following each of these events.  Please call for more information or interviews.

Wednesday May 30th, 2007

From 12:00pm to 1:30pm, the Congressman will attend the KSEE 24 Asian Pacific Islander Americans 2007 Portraits of Success Awards luncheon at the United Japanese Christian Church. 

Rep. Costa To Speak At Memorial Day Events

FRESNO, CA -   On Monday May 28, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be speaking at two Memorial Day commemorations. 

WHO:             Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno

WHAT:           Memorial Day Events

WHEN:           Monday May 28, 2007 from 9am to 11am.

WHERE:        9:00am: American Legion Post 55 Event at Washington Colony Cemetery

                        7318 South Elm Street, Fresno, CA 93706                   

Costa says budget resolution passed by House contains “sufficient funding” to complete Mendota Federal Prison

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The continuing federal budget resolution passed by the House Wednesday contains money that could be used to complete construction of the Mendota Federal Prison, according to Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

Included in the Bureau of Prisons portion of the continuing resolution is more than $432 million in prison construction funds.

Hoyer Leads Congressional Delegation to Sudan, Egypt, Greece, and Germany

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) is currently leading a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Sudan, Egypt, Greece and Germany.  Joining him are Congressman John Barrow (D-GA), Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC), Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Rep. McCarthy to join Rep. Costa for 2007 Farm Bill Listening Session

BAKERSFIELD, CA -   On Friday, March 16, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be joined by Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield at a Listening Session regarding the 2007 Farm Bill. The Listening Session will provide an overview of the Bush Administration's proposals for the Farm Bill and industry stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss issues related to the Farm Bill and its impact on the Central Valley.

Reps. Costa and McCarthy will available to comment prior to the Listening Session.

2007 Congressional Art Competition: Calling All Artistic Students

Fresno, CA - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, issued a call to all high school students and amateur artists living in the 20th Congressional District to participate in this year's Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors the Congressional Art Competition. "This is an opportunity for high school students with artistic talent to showcase and receive national recognition for their work," Costa said.  

Costa, other House members urge state transportation commission to fund local projects

WASHINGTON, D.C - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, has joined three other California House members from rural counties in calling on the state transportation commission to fund rural projects.

Costa, along with Reps. Lois Capps, D- Santa Barbara; George Radanovich, R-Mariposa; and Mike Thompson, D-Napa,  have sent a letter to Marian Bergeson, Chair of the California Transportation Commission calling for funding for rural projects.

Reps. Cardoza, Nunes, CDFA Secretary Kawamura to join Rep. Costa for Farm Bill Listening Session in Fresno

FRESNO, CA - On Friday, March 2, Congressman Jim Costa, D- Fresno, will be joined by Congressmen Dennis Cardoza, D- Merced, and Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, along with California Dept. of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura at a Listening Session in Fresno hosted by Costa on the Bush Administration's proposals for the 2007 Farm Bill.

 

The Listening Session will be held in the Fresno City Council Chambers from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Congressman Jim Costa will hold mobile office hours in Kings County on Thursday, February 22, 2007.

Bilingual staff members will be on hand to assist constituents with problems they are having with Federal agencies.

The locations and times of Congressman Costa's mobile office in Kings County are:

 

Hanford Branch Library

401 N. Douty Street, Hanford

Time: 10:00 am to 12 noon

 

Corcoran Branch Library

* * * MEDIA ADVISORY * * *Costa to speak on House floor on Iraq Resolution

Congressman Jim Costa, D- Fresno, will speak on the House floor this afternoon between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. PST.

Costa will join other Members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition participating in the debate on the Iraq Resolution now before the House of Representatives.

Formed in l995, the Blue Dog Coalition recently succeeded in winning House approval of HR 97, calling for increased fiscal accountability in funding the Iraq war.

Costa's speech can be recorded off the C-SPAN coverage of the House of Representatives.

 

Costa Joins 48 Members of California Congressional Delegation in Call for Presidential Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, and 48 Members of the bipartisan California Congressional Delegation, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, have sent a letter to President Bush, calling on him to immediately issue a Presidential disaster declaration for the 31 counties of California that sustained damage to the state's multi-billion dollar agricultural industry caused by extreme low temperatures.

*** MEDIA ADVISORY *** Costa to speak on House floor on Pinedale resolution FOR TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS AND PRODUCERS

Congressman Jim Costa, D- Fresno, will speak on the House floor this afternoon between 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. regarding HR 109.

HR 109 is a resolution recognizing the historical significance of the Pinedale Assembly Center in Fresno County where Japanese Americans were interned during World War II.

Ag disaster bill introduced in House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation to aid Valley farmers and workers, H.R. 925 was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan coalition of 26 California House members led by Congressmen Jim Costa, D-Fresno, and Devin Nunes, R-Tulare.

Senator Barbara Boxer introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate today containing the same provisions.

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Freeze disaster legislation news conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will participate in a joint news conference to discuss bipartisan legislation which will provide emergency disaster assistance related to the recent freeze.  The bills will be introduced Wednesday in both the House and Senate.

At the Washington news conference Costa will join Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, to discuss the legislation.  Senator Boxer will introduce the emergency legislation in the Senate and Costa and Nunes will co-sponsor the House bill.

Rep. Nunes, CFDA Secretary A.G. Kawamura to join Rep. Costa for 2007 Farm Bill Listening Session

FRESNO, CA -   On Friday, March 2, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be joined by Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, along with California Department of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura at a Listening Session regarding the 2007 Farm Bill. The Listening Session will provide an overview of the Bush Administration's proposals for the Farm Bill and industry stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss issues related to the Farm Bill and its impact on the Central Valley.

 

Congressman Jim Costa and California State Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. to Discuss Rural Crime

Fresno, CA- On Wednesday, April 11, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be joined by California State Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Joaquin Valley leaders at two separate events in Fresno. At the first event, Costa and Brown will discuss the Agricultural Crime Technology Information and Operations Network (ACTION) Project which focuses on agricultural crime. The second event, Central Valley Latino Leaders Forum, will be a discussion of rural crime in our communities.

MEDIA ADVISORY

FRESNO - Congressman Jim Costa will be traveling in the district on Friday, May 6, 2005.

The Congressman will speak on Friday from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, which takes place at the DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield.

Following this event the Congressman will be on site at Wayside Elementary School, 1000 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield, from 3:00 pm-3:30 pm.  Congressman Costa will listen to teachers' perspectives on education issues. 

******MEDIA ADVISORY*****Rep. Nunes, CFDA Secretary A.G. Kawamura to join Rep. Costa for 2007 Farm Bill Listening Session

FRESNO, CA -   On Friday, March 2, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will be joined by Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, along with California Department of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura at a Listening Session regarding the 2007 Farm Bill. The Listening Session will provide an overview of the Bush Administration's proposals for the Farm Bill and industry stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss issues related to the Farm Bill and its impact on the Central Valley.

 

Costa Urges Armed Services Committee To Resolve

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, wrote to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Ike Skelton, D-Missouri, asking that the Armed Services Committee investigate the body armor used by the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Currently, men and women serving in the military are required to use Interceptor body armor, but a potentially better armor, Dragon Skin, may provide enhanced ballistics protection.

Congressman Costa to hold press availability

FRESNO, CA- Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will hold press availability today at 8:00 p.m. in the main passenger terminal at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport.  Costa will also hold press availability tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. outside of Salon 2000 at 2013 W. Bullard Avenue in Fresno.

 

The Fresno lawmaker will be available to comment on the Bipartisan agreement on comprehensive immigration reform announced by leaders in the Senate and the President.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA REPONDS TO HURRICANE KATRINA

Fresno, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) released the following statement regarding  the rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

"Our hearts go out to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.  For the people of our Valley, as for the rest of the nation, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Katrina.  During this time of need, we must come together as a nation to help our fellow Americans," Costa stated.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA RESPONDS TO BASE CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Costa responded to the unfortunate news that Lemoore Naval Air Station (Lemoore NAS), which is located in Fresno and Kings Counties, has been included on the initial list of this year's round of base closures. 

"I respectfully disagree with the Department of Defense's decision to close Lemoore Naval Air Station.  The base provides a great service to the nation and community.  I will be very active in the review process and will do everything I can to reverse this decision," stated Costa.

CONGRESSMAN COSTA RALLIES SUPPORT FOR FRESNO'S 144th FIGHTER WING

FRESNO, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) led a bipartisan effort to help retain the only permanently stationed Air National Guard fighter unit in California.  The air base is the 144th Fighter Wing, headquartered in Fresno.

Congressman Costa sent a letter to Secretary Rumsfeld stressing the necessary and important role the 144th Fighter Wing plays not only in the Valley, but also in California.  Costa's letter was also signed by Valley Congressmen Devin Nunes (CA-21) and George Radanovich (CA-19).

CONGRESSMAN COSTA RALLIES SUPPORTFOR LEMOORE NAVAL AIR STATION

FRESNO, CA - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) led the effort to help retain the 20th District's Lemoore Naval Air Station; headquartered in Lemoore, California.  Congressman Costa sent a letter to Secretary Rumsfeld stressing the necessary and vital role Lemoore Naval Air Station plays not only in the Valley, but also throughout the state of California. 

 

The text of the letter follows.

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld:

Working for the Valley

Co-authored: Congressman Richard Pombo (CA-11), Congressman George Radanovich (CA-19), Congressman Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-21) and Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20)

We've heard our relationship referred to as "extraordinary" and "unusual."  Well, we believe it is.  We are Members of Congress from the Central Valley and we work together on more issues than not.  Is this typical for Republicans and Democrats? Unfortunately, no.  Typical for a few guys from the Central Valley?  The answer - yes. 

CONGRESSMAN COSTA RESPONDS TO BASE CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Costa responded to the unfortunate news that the 144th Fighter Wing, which is located in Fresno, has been included on the initial list of this year's round of base closures. 

"I respectfully disagree with the Department of Defense's decision to close the 144th.  The 144th provides a great service to the nation and community.  I will be very active in the review process and will do everything I can to reverse this decision," stated Costa.

REP. JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES WE THE PEOPLE BOOKSHELF AWARD TO LIBRARY;

15 Classic Books on "Becoming American" Will Support Community Programs

 

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today that 15 classic books on the theme of "Becoming American" has been awarded to Kern County Library Lamont Branch.  This award was made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) We the People Bookshelf program.

Statement of Congressman Jim Costa

We want to commend Senator Jeff Denham and the Valley delegation for their work to ensure our fair share of funding in this year's infrastructure bond.  The flooding this week in Central Valley could not be a more vivid demonstration that the San Joaquin Valley must get its fair share of any state infrastructure bond which goes forward to voters.

 

A new surface water storage facility on the Upper San Joaquin River may, in fact, have helped prevent the flooding this week.

 

Costa Announces 20th District Granted Funding For Juvenile Crime Prevention Programs

FRESNO, CA - In order to help combat juvenile crime in the Central Valley, Congressman Jim Costa announced today the 20th Congressional District will receive over $200,000 in funds from the United States Department of Justice.

 

Fresno City and County will receive a total of $218,649 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  Representative Costa noted, "The Fresno City's Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) will benefit from this money since it will provide them with partial funding for two full-time truancy officers." 

 

Costa introduces resolution supporting National Crime Victims' Rights Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Praising the nation's victims' rights movement as having "not just a voice, but a vision," Congressman Jim Costa, D- Fresno, today introduced a concurrent resolution in the House of Representatives expressing Congress' support for the goals and ideals of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.  The observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week will take place April 23 through 29.

                       

Rep. Costa Voices Concern Over Proposed Transfer of Fresno Terminal Area Approach Control

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today expressed his concern over the proposed transfer of the Fresno Terminal Area Approach Control to Las Vegas.

 

"There are many areas of concern that need to be meticulously thought out prior to any decision," Costa noted.

 

The text of the letter follows:

 

June 21, 2006

 

Marion C. Blakey

Administrator

Costa Calls for Congressional Action in Veterans' Identity Theft

WASHINGTON, DC - Insisting that "Congress must act now," Representative Jim Costa (D-Fresno) gave remarks on the House Floor today in support of proposed legislation intended to deter identity theft.

 

Rep. Costa was prompted to make his remarks as a result of the continuing revelations that the personal information of 26.5 million American Veterans and active military personnel had been stolen from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Costa Denounces House Leadership for Slashing Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Criticizing the House Leadership for blatant neglect of Military Members and Veterans Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, said, "The actions today, symbolize the short-sighted nature with which the Leadership of the House of Representatives has approached our nation's spending habits." 

 

COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANT RECEIVED IN KERN COUNTY

FRESNO, CA - Citing much needed improvements to drainage systems, Costa announced today (March 13) that Kern County will receive $250,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture.

 

"The USDA'S Rural Development program," Costa noted, "is instrumental in providing assistance to rural communities across America."  This program, he pointed out, supports development of essential public facilities and services, rural economies and community empowerment programs.

 

Congressman Costa to Host Free, Informational Grants Workshop

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today he will host a grant workshop to acquaint non-profit organizations and local governments with federal and private funding opportunities.  Agencies providing information include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Kern County Community Foundation and the Office of Grants, Research and Sponsored Programs at California State University, Bakersfield.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 22, at the Kern County Public Service Building in downtown Bakersfield

Costa Announces Investment Grant to Benefit The City of Corcoran From The Department Econ

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today that the Corcoran Joint Unified School District and the city of Corcoran will receive an investment grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The grant will be in the amount of $204,660. The funds will be used toward planning and designing a vocational training center.

 

COSTA ANNOUNCES GRANT FUNDS TO FUSD FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

FRESNO, CA- Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) announced today that the Fresno Unified School District has been selected to receive $275,000 in funding under the Development and Dissemination Grant Program. The funds will be used towards implementing standards-based arts in elementary and middle school education.

 

"Integrating the arts into education is vital to students learning experiences. These funds will enable students to improve in academic performance, creative, and performing skills," Congressman Costa explained.

 

CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA ANNOUNCES ART COMPETITION

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa is seeking local student artists to compete in the Congressional Art Competition for the Twentieth District of California. 

 

The competition is open to ninth through twelfth grade students who live in the 20th Congressional District.  The deadline for submission of artwork is Friday, February 24, 2006. 

 

Over the summer, the local winner will be invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony in Washington, DC honoring the new entries, which are placed on exhibit at the Nation's Capitol.

 

Congressman Costa to hold press availability

FRESNO- Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will hold a press availability today at 1:45 p.m. in the main passenger terminal at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport.

 

The Fresno lawmaker will be available to comment on his plans for the forthcoming session of the 110th Congress, the passing of President Gerald Ford and other issues.

 

Following the press availability, Congressman Costa will depart for Washington, D.C. where he will be sworn in Thursday for his second term in Congress.

 

Costa calls for passage of stem research bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, spoke today on the House floor calling for the passage of H.R. 3, The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. Costa's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:

 

"Mr. Speaker: I rise to speak in support of H.R. 3, which would expand stem cell research.

 

"The narrow view of stem cell research espoused by the Administration places unrealistic limitations on the medical research capabilities of this nation.

 

Congressman Costa to Host Free, Informational Grants Workshop

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D - Fresno) announced today he will host a grant workshop to acquaint non-profit organizations and local governments with federal and private funding opportunities. Agencies providing information include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Fresno Regional Foundation and the American Humanics Program at California State University, Fresno. The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 24, at the Economic Opportunities Commission Board Room in downtown Fresno from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

 

OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT TO RECEIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FUNDS

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today that the Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement will receive $180,000 in funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

 

"With the Central Valley receiving 2,400 refugees over the last two years, it is important to provide these newly arrived refugees services that will help them get started in living in the in the United States" Congressman Costa explained.

 

CONGRESSMAN COSTA ANNOUNCES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GRANT FUND

FRESNO, CA - Citing growing concern for creating an environment conducive to learning, Congressman Jim Costa (D - Fresno) announced today that the Hanford Elementary School District will receive $391, 104 from the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Demonstration Program. This grant is under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education with the purpose of establishing or expanding counseling programs, and will be provided over a three-year period.

 

Congressman Costa met with President Bush today to discuss immigration reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno and a bipartisan group of Hispanic Members, including Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Conference, met with President Bush earlier today at the White House to discuss national immigration reform legislation. The Congressman and others discussed provisions of interest to San Joaquin Valley agriculture and the business community, including foreign workers, amnesty, and border security.

Costa will Speak on House Floor to introduce resolution in support of National Crime Victims Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, will speak on the House Floor this afternoon between 12 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. P.S.T.

Costa will introduce House Resolution 119 expressing Congress' support of the goals and ideals of National Crime Victims' Rights Week and the efforts to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of crime victims and survivors in the United States.