Past News

Costa Statement on USDA Program to Help Dairy Producers

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Reps. Costa And Cardoza Introduce Legislation To Speed Valley Water Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) introduced a bill that will expedite the federal government’s ability to build needed water projects in the San Joaquin Valley by lowering or eliminating required matching funds provided by state or local government.  Any area of California that has been designated a disaster area by the state Governor during calendar year 2009 will be eligible.  Also, any part of the state that has been identified by the U.S.

Rep. Costa Calls on President Obama to Create More Valley Jobs

Costa: President Obama Should Authorize Water Availability For The Growing Season Now, And Invest In Highways and High-Speed Rail

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In anticipation of today’s White House jobs summit, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) informed President Obama of several actions he should take to bring immediate economic relief to the San Joaquin Valley.  They include bringing water to farm communities and investing in new infrastructure. 

Rep. Costa Statement on State Water Project Allocation

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Drought Relief Commitment Made To Reps. Costa and Cardoza

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the last several months, Congressmen Costa and Cardoza have met with top officials from the White House and the Department of the Interior regarding California’s water crisis.  As part of ongoing discussions, the Congressmen have expressed the need for the Obama Administration to take action to address California’s Central Valley water crisis.

Rep. Costa Co-Sponsors Bill To Demand Accounting Of All Factors Affecting Delta Smelt

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) joined Congressmen Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) and  George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) to introduce bipartisan legislation that calls for a review of the federal biological opinions that have significantly reduced the amount of water flowing to San Joaquin Valley farmers.

Rep. Costa Votes To Boost Job Creation And The Valley's Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) voted to boost job creation and stimulate the Valley’s economy by providing small businesses with access to loans and investment dollars they need to expand and grow their operations.  The Small Business Financing and Investment Act also includes an amendment drafted by Costa to help Valley small businesses gain business stabilization loans.  The legislation now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

Costa Asks State Legislature to Craft and Pass Vital Water Legislation

The Time Is Now For California To Pass A Water Package Including Storage, Conveyance And Long-Term Water Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) sent a letter to the California State Senate and Assembly urging both chambers take the lead and craft a robust water package to improve California’s broken water system.  The text of the letter is below. Please click here to view a copy of the letter.

 

October 29, 2009

Costa Letter Regarding Two-Gates Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) submitted comments to the Bureau of Reclamation regarding the Two-Gates project.  The Bureau of Reclamation released a Draft Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) for the proposed Two-Gates project for public review.  A public meeting was held in Fresno on October 26, 2009 at 6:30pm.  The text of the letter is below.

October 26, 2009 

Over $16 Million In Federal Grant Funding Coming To California For Specialty Crops

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Approximately $16.3 million in federal grant funding will be coming to California to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) helped to fight for increased specialty crop funding during the Farm Bill debate in 2008.  California received more than four times the amount of the next highest state.

Two Critical Veterans Bills Passed by the US House of Representatives

WASHINGTON D.C. - The following two bills overwhelmingly passed the US House of Representatives yesterday with bipartisan support.

First, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act (H.R. 1016) ensures sufficient and predictable veterans funding by authorizing Congress to approve investments in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care one year in advance.  This will provide time for the VA to plan how to deliver the best care to all veterans.

Rep. Costa Statement Following Meeting with Secretary Salazar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) attended a public meeting with Department of the Interior Secretary Salazar and key Department of the Interior staff on California drought disaster.  Following the meeting, Costa released the following statement.

“Today’s meeting was helpful, and Secretary Salazar should be commended for holding the meeting, but what has taken the Department of the Interior so long to act?  It is clear to me that the Department of the Interior simply does not understand the severity of

Rep. Costa Announces $1,865,625 in Federal Grant Funding for Clinica Sierra Vista

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a US Department of Health and Human Services grant for electronic health record implementation totaling $1,865,625 has been awarded to Clinica Sierra Vista in Bakersfield, CA. Funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Costa Announces $3,090,700 In Federal Grant Funding For Bakersfield and Kern County

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $3,090,700 has been awarded to the City of Bakersfield and Kern County to help communities improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and create green jobs locally.  The City of Bakersfield received $3,040,700 and Kern County received $50,000.  Funding was made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and released by the United States Department of Energy through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) p

Rep. Costa Announces $360,000 in Federal Funding for Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance

BAKERSFIELD, CA- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $360,000 has been awarded to Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. to strengthen civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters as a result of that abuse or violence.  Funding was

Rep. Costa Announces $245,810 in Federal Funding for Kern County District Attorney's Office

BAKERSFIELD, CA- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $245,810 has been awarded to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office to reduce forensic DNA sample turnaround time and reduce DNA forensic casework backlogs.  Funding was released by the United States Department of Justice through the Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program.

“This is good news for

Rep. Costa Announces $20,319 in Federal Funding for City of Hanford Police Department

FRESNO, CA- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $20,319 has been awarded to the City of Hanford Police Department to purchase needed equipment such as laptops, alcohol testers, cameras, and battery conditioners.  Funding was released by the United States Department of Justice through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

“Byrne JAG funding is

Rep.Costa Annouces $603,054 in Emergency Food and Shelter Funds for Fresno City and County

FRESNO, CA- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $603,054 has been awarded to the City and County of Fresno to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services.  Funding was released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFS).

 

Rep. Costa Announces $212,980 In Federal Grant Funding for Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, CA- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $212,980 has been awarded to Kern County to fund a vertical prosecutor position in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office.  Funding was released by the United States Department of Justice through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

“We often overlook the need for prosecuting attorneys when it comes to fighting crime,” Costa said. 

08.20.09Rep. Costa Announces Approx. $15 Mil. in Federal Grants for Water Infrastructure Improvement

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that approximately $15,364,192 million has been awarded to water districts in the Valley.  The Bureau of Reclamation made Challenge Grant awards throughout California and around the nation.  Funding for the Challenge Grant program was made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Rep. Costa Announces $31,924 in Federal Grant Funding for the City of Delano

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $31,924 has been awarded to the City of Delano to support crime prevention and education programs, as well as planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.  Funding was released by the United States Department of Justice through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).

Rep. Costa Announces $2,480,759 Million Grant for Kings Community Action Organization

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Rep. Costa Announces Approximately $32.9 Million In Water Infrastructure Funding For Valley

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House Passes Major Food Safety Legislation

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Rep. Costa Announces Applauds Secretary Vilsack's Efforts to Ease Dairy Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) thanked USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s for his announcement to increase dairy price support prices, which will provide some relief to dairy farmers as they continue to suffer through this period of historically low milk prices.  Vilsack announced that USDA will increase the amount paid for dairy products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program.   

Rep. Costa Announces $66,667 Grant for Valley Health Team in San Joaquin Valley

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $66,667 has been awarded to the Valley Health Team in San Joaquin, CA.  These funds are being awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Center Cluster program.  The Health Center Cluster program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. 

Rep. Costa Announces $71,985 Grant for Kings Community Action Organization

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $71,985 has been awarded to Kings Community Action Organization in Hanford, CA.  These funds are being awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which were provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The Rural Development Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. 

Rep Costa Announces $5.6 Million In COPS Funding To Citites In Kern County

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Rep. Costa Announces $11.5 Million In COPS Funding to Cities in Fresno County

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Rep. Costa Announces $95,238 Grant for Kings Community Action Organization

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House Passes Statutory PAYGO Legislation

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House Passes Two Costa Amendments To The Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

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Rep. Costa Announces $4.3 Million In Recovery Funds To Support Community And Economic Development

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grand total of $4.3 million has been released to the Cities of Fresno, Bakersfield and Kern County to revitalize neighborhoods and create jobs.  Funding was released through the Department on Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

House Rules Committee Accepts Two Costa Amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations Billl

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Rep. Costa Announces $6 Million In Recovery Funds For Local Diesel Retrofit Projects

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grand total of $6 million has been released to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to make diesel retrofits on school buses and agricultural equipment.  Funding was released through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Announces Disaster Assistance Available For Small Businesses

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that small, non-farm businesses in Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare Counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  These loans are to help businesses offset the financial losses caused by the drought in the San Joaquin Valley.

Rep. Costa Announces $78,775 In Federal Grant Funding For California State University Bakersfield

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a National Institute of Health grant totaling $78,775 has been released to California State University Bakersfield to prepare students for a future in biomedical research.  Funding was made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Announces $5.92 Million In Recovery Funds To Improve Fresno Veterans Hospital

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $5.92 million has been released to the Veterans Central California Health Care System to make energy infrastructure upgrades and improvements at the Fresno facility which provides health care services for more than 100,000 veterans each year.  Funding was made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

House Appropriations Committee Does Not Pass Amendment to Bring More Water to the San Joaquin Valley

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Rep. Costa Announces $1.7 Million In Federal Grant Funding To The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $1.7 million has been awarded to the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation to help renovate and expand a commercial building to serve as a business incubator for Fresno’s designated enterprise zone.  Funding was released through the US Department of Commerce made available through the Economic Development Administration.

Rep. Costa Announces $2.1 Million In Federal Grant Funding To The City of San Joaquin

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $2.1 million has been awarded to the City of San Joaquin to help upgrade and expand the city’s wastewater treatment plant.  Funding was released through the US Department of Commerce made available through the Economic Development Administration.

Rep. Jim Costa Announces $600,000 Awarded To Fresno Community Development Financial Institution

 

 

FRESNO, CA- Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) is pleased to announce that a total of $600,000 is coming to the Fresno Community Development Financial Institution in downtown Fresno.  These dollars are being awarded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund and were made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

House Does Not Pass Amendment To Cut All Funding To Erroneous Biological Opinion On The Delta

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives failed pass a bipartisan amendment to the Commerce –Justice-Science Appropriations Act (the Act) which would have cut all funding to the misguided National Marine Fisheries Service biological opinion on the Delta by a narrow vote of 208 to 218.  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) voted in favor of the amendment.  If passed later this afternoon, the Act would move onto the Senate for consideration.

Rep. Costa Statement Following President Obama's PAYGO Legislation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Obama announced the official transmission of legislation that would reinstitute statutory pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules.  The Pay-As-You-Go statute requires any new mandatory government spending be matched with budget cuts or savings elsewhere.  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) participated in the announcement at the White House.  Costa is a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition.  Following the event, Costa released the following statement.

Rep. Costa Announces $1.4 Million In Federal Funding To The Kings County Area Public Transit Agency

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $1,468,346 has been awarded to the Kings County Area Public Transit Agency for three 35 foot buses and ITS equipment.  Funding was released through the US Department of Transportation made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Announces $8.1 Million In Federal Funding To The Golden Empire Transit District

 

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $8,129,407 has been awarded to the Golden Empire Transit District for fareboxes and preventive maintenance.  Funding was released through the US Department of Transportation made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Slams Biological Opinion on The Central Valley Water Project and State Water Project


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the National Marine Fisheries Service finalized a biological opinion on the Central Valley Water Project and State Water Project.  The opinion stated fish populations are in jeopardy without swift modifications to the Central Valley and State Water Projects.  Following this release, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement.

Reps. Costa and Cardoza Hail Implementation of Dairy Export Incentive Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following months of work by Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Dennis Cardoza (D-Atwater), the USDA announced today that it will activate a far-reaching subsidy program that has been sought by Valley dairy operators since last year when the industry was hit with significant economic challenges. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement this morning in Washington, DC.

Rep. Costa Announces $364,185 In Federal Funding To Fresno County and Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $364,185 has been awarded to the Cities of Huron, Mendota, Parlier and Firebaugh, along with the Fresno County Fire Protection to help purchase emergency services and systems, fire and rescue equipment, and fire, medical and police vehicles.  Funding was released through the US Department of Agriculture made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Announces $3 Million In Funding to Remove Lead-Based Paint in Low-Income Homes

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $3 million has been awarded to the City of Fresno to eliminate lead-based paint from low-income homes.  Funding was released through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Applauds Appointment of Rayne Pegg to Key USDA Position

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) applauded the appointment of Ms. Rayne Pegg of California as the United States Department of Food and Agriculture’s new Administrator of Agricultural Marketing Service.  Pegg is currently the deputy secretary of Legislation and Policy for the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture.  She will begin her service in July.

Rep. Costa Announces Winner of Congressional Art Competition

FRESNO, CAOn Friday, May 8th Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will officially announce James Torres of Hallmark Charter School as this year’s winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition.  Torres is a senior and his painting titled “Impressions of the San Joaquin Valley” will be sent to Washington, DC next month to be on display in the Cannon tunnel for one year.  His artwork will

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 American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act.  The bill outlines a practical, responsible energy plan for America to further develop domestic energy production, provide a funding stream to clean up the environment and fully develop clean energy technologies.  Without using a single dime of taxpayer money, the bill  provides funding for a variety of goals,

Rep. Costa Co-Hosts 2009 Victims' Rights Caucus Awards

Alliance Against Family Violence And Sexual Assault Of Bakersfield Is Co-Recipient Of The Ed Stout Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) joined members of the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus to honor this year’s outstanding individuals that have given countless hours of their time and service to helping victims of crime.  Costa and Poe co-founded the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus in 2005.

Rep. Costa Statement Regarding 94th 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 94th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide.

Costa is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is an original cosponsor of H. Res. 252, a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide in the United States.

Rep. Costa Announces $ 578,350 Coming To Fresno and Kings Counties for Homelessness Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $578,350 has been released to Fresno and Kings County organizations to combat homelessness.  These funds are being awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and were made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Rep. Costa Announces $ 393,816 Coming To Kern County for Homelessness Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $393,816 has been released to Kern County organizations to combat homelessness.  These funds are being awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and were made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Rep. Costa Announces $5 Million In Funding For Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Funding Will Go To Rehabilitate The Airport’s Taxiway

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $5 million has been released to Fresno Yosemite International Airport to rehabilitate their taxiway.  Funding was made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Statement At Today's Hearing On California's Drought

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) made the following statement at full committee oversight hearing in the House Committee on Natural Resources.  The hearing was titled, “The California Drought: Actions By Federal And State Agencies To Address Impacts On Lands, Fisheries And Water Users.”

Costa is a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and is a member of the Subcommittee on Water and Power, and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. 

Statement as prepared for delivery.

Rep. Costa Announces $2,526,704 Coming To Kern County To Improve Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Bakersfield) announced that a total of $2,526,704 has been released to two community health care centers in Kern County.  These funds are being awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services and were made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Improving our Valley’s community health care centers is a very wise use of stimulus package funding,” said Costa.  “Health centers are an essential source of primary healthcare for many of the Valley’s families, especially low-income residents. Without these

Rep. Costa Announces $1,072,628 Coming To Fresno And Kings Counties To Improve Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $1,072,628 has been released to three community health care centers in Kings and Fresno Counties.  These funds are being awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services and were made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Costa Statement On Passage Of The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the House of Representatives passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 by a vote of 285 to 140.  The bill was passed by the United States Senate last week, and now heads to the White House for President Obama’s signature.  Following passage, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement.

Rep. Costa Statement On Requesting A Federal Economic Disaster Designation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday March 6th, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he create a federal economic disaster designation and declare the San Joaquin Valley its first designee.  After sending the letter, Costa released the following statement.

“A combination of home foreclosures, a lasting drought, and a precipitous drop in dairy prices has put our Valley in the middle of a treacherous economic storm.  While there are many parts of our nation feeling the effects of a poor economy, the San Joaquin

Reps. Costa and Putnam Introduce Comprehensive Food Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to modernize America’s food safety network.  Continued incidences of food-borne illness have called for Congressional action to maintain the safety and security of America’s food supply.  To address these vulnerabilities in the nation’s ability to adequately safeguard the food supply, Costa and Putnam have introduced The Safe Food Enforcement, Assessment, Standards and Targeting Act, “Safe FEAST Act,” which would establish new food safety requirements for

Congressmen Costa and Cardoza Announce Valleywide Outreach Grant For UC Merced Medical School

MODESTO, CA  – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Atwater) announced today a $147,000 grant from the California Endowment to the Valley Coalition for a UC Merced Medical School. The grant will ensure communities throughout the San Joaquin are involved in the planning of the future UC Merced medical school.

House Passes American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Package Brings Millions In Federal Investment To The San Joaquin Valley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Act) by a vote of 246 to 183.  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) voted in favor of the legislation.  The bill is expected to create and save 3.5 million jobs, provide 95% of American workers an immediate tax cut, make investments in infrastructure, provide funding for renewable energy projects, and tax breaks for home purchases. 

Rep. Costa To Meet With President Obama Today

Blue Dog Coalition Will Discuss The Stimulus Package And Fiscal Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will join his Blue Dog Coalition colleagues in a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.  They will be discussing the stimulus package and long-term fiscal issues facing Congress.  Costa will also ask the President to visit the San Joaquin Valley.  Prior to the meeting, Costa released the following statement.

Rep. Costa Announces $18 Million In Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grants For City Of Fresno And Fresno County

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that two grants have been awarded to the City of Fresno and Fresno County to assist states and local governments in addressing the impact of abandoned and foreclosed properties.  These funds are being awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is based on the number and percent of home foreclosures, homes financed by subprime mortgage loans and homes in default or delinquency.  

Rep. Costa Announces $200,000 Grant For WestCare California, Inc. In Fresno

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a grant of $200,000 has been awarded to WestCare California, Inc.  These funds are being awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Transitional Living Program.  With these funds, WestCare is required to provide youth with stable, safe living accommodations and services that help them develop the skills necessary to move to independence.

Rep. Costa Announces Class of 2013 Academy Nominees

FRESNO, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced his nominations to the United States Naval Academy and West Point.  Costa nominated a total of five Valley students from Fresno and Kings County.  

“We had some truly outstanding young men and women apply for an academy nomination this year,” said Costa.  “These students have the opportunity to obtain a world class education, and then serve our nation as military officers after graduation.  I am incredibly proud of all of them, and everyone who applied.” 

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Announce Additional Reforms in Committee Earmark Policy

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Rep. Costa Statement Following Meeting With USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a meeting this evening with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) Dennis Cardoza (D-Atwater), David Scott (D-GA), and Collin Peterson (D-MN), Costa released this statement.

“The largest dairy state in the nation is California, and it is vital for Secretary Vilsack to understand the problems that our dairy farmers are facing today.  With domestic and global demand for U.S. dairy products declining, combined with producer costs at all-time highs, we need Secretary Vilsack to exercise his authority to