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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Past News

Rep. Costa and Others Introduce Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the National Conservation, Environment and Energy Independence Act.  The bill takes a comprehensive approach to increase energy supply, while reducing energy demand.  It also provides funding for a variety of goals, including environmental restoration, energy conservation, renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 

Rep. Costa Announces $24,750 Grant For City of Mendota

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $24,750 has been awarded to the City of Mendota to purchase 12 security cameras for critical infrastructure and public areas for safety, as well as a toughbook laptop.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture under the Economic Impact Initiative Grant program.

Rep. Costa Announces Homeland Security Grants For Fresno and Bakersfield

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that two separate grants of $321,221 each have been awarded to the Metropolitan Medical Response System jurisdictions in Bakersfield and Fresno.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Grant Program.  These grants are for fiscal year 2008.

 

Subcommittee Hears From Valley Residents and Experts on Water Emergency

FRESNO, CA - Today, the House Subcommittee on Water and Power held a field hearing in Fresno, CA on the federal government's response to the California drought.  Members heard from local officials, farmers, residents, and water experts on how the drought is impacting the Valley's cities and the economy.  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), a member of the Subcommittee, was in attendance.

Water and Power Subcommittee to Hold Drought Hearing in Fresno

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Next week, the House Subcommittee on Water and Power will hold a field hearing on the federal government's response to the California drought.  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Valley Representatives Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced), George Radanovich (R-Mariposa), Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) requested this hearing last month to ensure the federal government is informed about the drought and its impact on the people who live and work in the Valley.  Costa is a member of the Subcommittee and will attend the field hearing.

President Bush Signs Costa's Clean Diesel Legislation Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, President George W. Bush signed into law legislation that allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue the practice of funding clean diesel projects as part of environmental enforcement settlements.  This bill was introduced by Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) in partnership with Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who introduced the same version in the United States Senate.

Rep. Costa Announces $378,600 Grant for Sanger Unified School District

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $378,600 has been awarded to the Sanger Unified School District to help establish and expand elementary and secondary school counseling programs.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Education under their Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant program. The funds will be used to create counseling services at Sanger Unified schools and will be designed and implemented along with the involvement of parents and students.

Rep. Costa Announces $85,000 Grant For City of San Joaquin

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $85,000 has been awarded to the City of San Joaquin to provide technical assistance for a vocational training program which will expand and train the workforce for small businesses located in San Joaquin, California.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture under the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program.

Rep. Costa Announces $50,000 Grant For City of Parlier

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $50,000 has been awarded to the City of Parlier to provide technical assistance for a vocational training program which will expand and train the workforce for small businesses located in Parlier, California.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture under the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. 

Rep. Costa Announces $224,985 Grant For California State University, Bakersfield

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $224,985 has been awarded to California State University, Bakersfield to prepare low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education, for doctoral study.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Education under the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.  It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of four years.

Amtrak Reauthorization Passes House of Representatives

Legislation Includes Funding for High-Speed Rail Development In America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6003, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, legislation to authorize appropriations for Amtrak for fiscal years 2009 to 2013.  The bill also authorizes $1.75 billion in grants over the next five years to states and/or Amtrak to finance the construction and equipment for high-speed rail.

Rep. Costa Announces Opening of the Competitive Training Grant Program Application Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that the application period for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate Competitive Training Grant Program (CTGP) opened today.  These grants will provide approximately $27.2 million to address homeland security training needs to prevent, protect and respond to acts of terrorism and catastrophic events.

Rep. Costa Celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) called on all residents of the San Joaquin Valley to join in celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month, which begins today.  Costa released the following statement to celebrate and honor Jewish culture in America.

"When the first Jewish settlers came to this land over 350 years ago, they sought a new world to practice their faith freely and without persecution.  Since then, Jews have made numerous contributions in technology, literature, entertainment, politics and medicine which add to the fabric of American life.

Congressmen Costa and Cardoza Applaud UC Regents Decision to Authorize Continued Planning of UC Merced Medical School

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) applauded the decision of the University of California's Board of Regents to authorize UC Merced, the newest UC campus, to continue planning for a medical school.   The next phase of planning will allow UC Merced to create a medical school planning office, develop curriculum, and prepare a full proposal and business plan.

Costa Honored by Blue Dog Coalition for Leadership in Restoring Fiscal Responsibility to Government

Washington, D.C. - Today, members of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition honored California Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) for his leadership in restoring fiscal responsibility and accountability to the federal government.  As a leading member of the Blue Dogs and senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, Representative Costa has made significant strides in restoring the fiscal stability and economic security of the United States by implementing common-sense policies such as pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting.

Rep. Costa Announces Winner Of Congressional Art Competition

FRESNO, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that Johnny Reyes of Hanford, CA is the winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition.  Reyes' sketch, titled "Thinking of You", was inspired by a letter his grandfather sent while serving in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  His artwork, along with winning artwork from around the nation, will be on display in the Cannon tunnel for one year.  Reyes' grandfather will accompany Reyes and his mother to Washington, D.C. to attend an official ribbon cutting ceremony which will display Reyes' drawing.

Rep. Costa Statement Regarding 93rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) made the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives regarding the 93rd anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide.

Costa is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and supported H. Res. 106, a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide in the United States, when it came before him in Committee last October.

Reps. Costa and Putnam Introduce Landmark Food Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to modernize America's food safety network.  The Safe Food Enforcement, Assessment, Standards and Targeting Act, "Safe FEAST Act," would establish new food safety requirements for domestically produced and imported food to identify and prevent potential sources of food-borne illness.  For the first time, the measure grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) statutory power to recall contaminated food in the case of adulteration.

Rep. Costa Announces We The People Bookshelf Award To Numerous Bakersfield and Sanger School Libraries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced an award of 17 classic books on the theme of "Created Equal" to numerous school libraries in Bakersfield and Sanger.  This award was made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) We The People Bookshelf program.  The Bookshelf includes Spanish translations to accompany four of the selected titles.

Rep. Costa Announces $994,863 Grant For Kern County School District

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $994,863 has been awarded to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools-Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, CA for their History of a Nation project.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Education under their Teaching American History grant program, and funds will be used to raise student achievement in American history throughout Kern County.

Rep. Costa Announces $500,000 Economic Grant for City of Parlier

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $500,000 has been awarded to the City of Parlier for business assistance and micro-enterprise loans.  This grant is being awarded through the Economic Development Enterprise Fund Allocation of the State Community Development Block Grant Program.  Funds will be used to provide micro-enterprises low-interest loans and technical assistance to businesses located within the city limits.

Rep. Costa Announces Two New Staff Members

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that two new employees have joined his staff.  Bob Farmer, a legislative fellow, will serve as Costa's foreign affairs, defense, and intelligence staffer, while Kristin Brainerd will take on Costa's resources, water, energy, and environment portfolio.  Costa serves on the House Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources, and Agriculture committees. 

Costa's Clean Diesel Bill Passes First Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality passed H.R. 3754, legislation to allow the retrofitting of diesel engines with new, lower emissions technology.  HR 3754 is authored by Congressman Jim Costa and co-sponsored by fellow California colleagues: Dennis Cardoza, Jerry McNerney, Doris Matsui and Devin Nunes.  Costa introduced this legislation in partnership with Senator Tom Carper, who introduced companion legislation in the United States Senate.  Carper's bill was recently approved by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Rep. Costa Announces $6.9 Million In Construction Project For Fresno VA Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that approximately $6.997 million has been approved for the Fresno VA hospital by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  These funds will be dedicated to a minor construction project for the Mental Health Outreach and Rehabilitation building.

"This is good news for the Fresno VA and all our local veterans," said Costa.  "Minor construction projects done today save from doing major construction projects ten or fifteen years from now."