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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

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Rep. Costa Praises Passage Of Tax Cut Compromise, Calls For More Bipartisanship

 

“We can’t move our economy forward, unless members of both parties leave the campaign politics behind.”

WASHINGTON – With Congressman Jim Costa’s vote, the House of Representatives passed the President’s bipartisan compromise to extend tax cuts benefiting Valley families and businesses. The legislation now moves to the President’s desk where it will be signed into law. Costa, who had pushed both political parties to support the plan, released the following statement in response:

Costa To Congress: Extend Tax Cuts For Valley Families, Farmers And Businesses

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim Costa took to the floor of the House of Representatives to again call on Congress to extend tax cuts for Valley families, farmers, and businesses. In the speech, Costa called out members of both political parties for caring more about campaign politics than preventing people’s taxes from going up.

To view Costa’s speech, click here. The prepared text of Costa’s speech is copied below:

Rep. Costa Issues Statement Supporting Tax-Cut Compromise

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim Costa issued a statement in support of the President’s bipartisan tax compromise and called out members of both political parties for standing in the way of extending tax cuts to Valley families and workers.

“Despite the bipartisan compromise laid out by the President, some lawmakers are more interested in extending the last election than the tax cuts for American families and workers. The campaign is over and that goes for members of both parties.

Rep. Costa Statement On House Passage Of DREAM Act

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa praised the passage of the DREAM Act tonight in the U.S. House of Representatives. Costa voted in favor of the legislation.

“I am pleased that the House has approved the DREAM Act,” said Costa. “Children who were brought to this country through no fault of their own should have the opportunity to contribute to our country’s well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing higher education.”

Rep. Costa Announces Valley Page For Spring Session Of Congress

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa today announced that Ms. Adriana Threlkeld of Fresno will serve as the Valley’s Congressional Page for the spring session of the 112th Congress.  Adriana is the daughter of Ms. Enedelia Bedrosian and granddaughter of Ms. Adrian Threlkeld. Currently a junior at University High School, Adriana will be working for the House of Representatives from January 24th, 2011 through May 27th, 2011.

Rep. Costa Statement On Selection Of Starting Point For State’s High-Speed Rail Project

“Just as the interstate highway is longer than its first stretch of road, California’s high-speed rail system will be greater than this initial segment.”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement today after the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Board of Directors approved the starting point for the state’s high-speed rail project in the Central Valley.

Rep. Costa Makes Play For Additional CA High-Speed Rail Funds

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa made a play for additional high-speed rail funds today, asking the Obama Administration to redirect unused federal high-speed rail funding to California. Costa’s request follows news that some incoming governors, including in Ohio and Wisconsin, have rejected federal funding for their state’s high-speed rail projects.

Rep. Costa Opens New Fresno Dental Center

 

Without funds secured by Costa, new health center would not have been completed

FRESNO – Today, Congressman Jim Costa joined with local health care providers and patients to open a new dental center in Fresno.  The “Elm Dental Center” was made possible through the over $4 million in Recovery Act funding that Costa secured for Clinica Sierra Vista (CSV) to expand health care services and facilities in the Valley.

Rep. Costa Delivers $244,000 In Federal Funding For City Of San Joaquin

USDA & Recovery Act funding invests in Valley’s rural infrastructure

FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa today delivered $244,000 in federal funding for the City of San Joaquin to invest in local jobs and strengthen the city’s infrastructure. Costa also broke ground on an expansion of the city’s Public Works building which was made possible through today’s announcement. At the event, Costa was joined by City of San Joaquin Mayor Amarpreet Dhaliwal and USDA’s Rural Housing Service Administrator Tammye Trevino who traveled here from Washington D.C.

Rep. Costa Accepting Applications For Spring 2011 Page Program

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa today announced that he is accepting applications for the House of Representatives Congressional Page Program for the spring, 2011. The program allows high school students interested in government to gain exposure and participate in the political process. The spring session will run from January 23, 2011 through May 27, 2011. The application deadline is November 15, 2010.

Rep. Costa Announces Retroactive Pay Deadline For Valley Soldiers Affected By Stop Loss

Rep. Costa Announces Retroactive Pay Deadline For Valley Soldiers Affected By Stop Loss

Fresno, CA - Congressman Jim Costa today announced that Valley service members whose service was extended under stop loss orders in Iraq and Afghanistan have until December 3rd, 2010 to apply for retroactive pay. Troops eligible for retroactive pay will receive $500 a month for each month their service was extended.  The Defense Department estimates that while 145,400 troops are eligible, only 58,000 claims have been paid out so far.

Rep. Costa Announces Funding To Keep Kern County Police Officers On The Job

Recovery Act funds fill officer vacancies, prevent department layoffs caused by local budget cuts

Bakersfield, CA – Congressman Jim Costa today announced over $7,384,635 for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department to retain officers or hire new recruits to fill open positions.  The grant, made available through the Recovery Act, was released through the US Department of Justice COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) and will fund 27 full-time local officer positions.

Rep. Costa Announces Funding For Valley Specialty Crop Growers

Costa fought to secure funding for Valley specialty crops in 2008 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Jim Costa today announced $17,281,158 in federal funding to benefit Valley specialty crop growers. The funding, made available through the Farm Bill’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, was awarded to 64 projects across California. The Valley is a leading producer of specialty crops which include tree nuts, fruits, dried fruits, and vegetables.

Rep. Costa Announces Over $6 Million For Fresno To Combat Housing Crisis

Funds allow city and county to better address effects of abandoned and foreclosed homes

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa today announced over $6 million in federal funds to help the city and county of Fresno further combat the effects of abandoned and foreclosed homes. The funds, made available through the Housing Department’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), allow local governments to acquire, rehabilitate and resell homes that have been vacated or are in foreclosure.

Rep. Costa Announces $564,251 In Funding For Kern County Schools

Bakersfield, CA – Congressman Jim Costa today announced $564,251 in federal funding for Kern County schools. The funding, made available through the Education Department’s Readiness Emergency Management for Schools Program, was awarded to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools to strengthen and improve emergency response and crisis management plans. These response plans will increase school’s preparedness to address issues ranging from food safety to infectious diseases.

Rep. Costa Votes to Protect Jobs Of Valley Teachers, Law Enforcement And Nurses

Legislation provides support to states to prevent thousands of job losses

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa returned to Washington today amidst a six-week work period in the Valley to vote in favor of legislation that is estimated to save 311,000 American jobs in education, law enforcement, public safety and health care fields. The U.S. House of Representatives resumed session to consider the bill, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which passed with Costa’s support by a vote of 247-161.

Costa Statement Following Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Expanded WestCare Children's Center

FRESNO, CA – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement today after participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion of the children’s center at WestCare California’s residential facility in Fresno. Due to an increased demand for family-based treatment in the Central Valley, Costa secured $381,000 in FY2009 for campus renovation and expansion to strengthen WestCare’s Fresno facility.

Rep. Costa Applauds USDA Decision To Extend Comment Period For Farm Bill Proposed Rule

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Rep. Costa Announces Extended Benefits for Valley Veterans

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Rep. Costa Kicks Off Construction of New Bakersfield Courthouse

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Rep. Costa Statement On Possible Delay To Water Bond

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement today regarding Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s intention to delay a vote on the $11.14 billion water bond until the November 2012 ballot:

“Postponing this critical bond measure is frustrating to most of us who support the water package. However, the possibility of delay is better than outright defeat in November.

Rep. Costa Votes to Protect Valley Economy, Hold Wall Street Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa voted to protect the Valley’s economy and consumers by passing sweeping legislation to bring accountability and oversight to Wall Street. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will put an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts, “too big to fail” banks, and the reckless behavior in the financial industry that brought our economy to the verge of collapse, devastating the savings, retirement funds, and livelihoods of countless Valley residents in the process. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

Rep. Costa Announces $3 Million To Create Jobs, Strengthen Valley Health Care

Funding to train and place over 300 Valley workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– Congressman Jim Costa today announced $2,999,913 in funding to strengthen health care and create new job opportunities in the Valley. The funding, made available through the Department of Labor’s Community-Based Job Training program, will help meet the Valley’s growing health care workforce needs by providing job training and placement to over 300 Valley residents.

Rep. Costa Announces $10 Million for Valley Farmers and Ranchers

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Rep. Costa Introduces Resolution Condemning Iran Weapons Program and Human Rights Abuses

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Rep. Costa Announces New Water Increase For The Valley

Increase brings allocation to four times the amount of water the Valley received last year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa today announced that the Interior Department will be increasing water allocations from the federal Central Valley Project to 45 percent for agricultural service contractors south of the Delta. Interior’s latest announcement is another increase from the Department’s initial announcement of 5 percent on February 26.

Rep. Costa Salutes Kings County Law Enforcement Following Drug and Gang Bust

Sheriff applauds Costa for securing funds to help make raid possible

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa today applauded Valley law enforcement following this week’s raid on the violent Nuestra Familia gang. The raid, which resulted in over 30 arrests, was one of the largest in the Valley’s history. Law enforcement took down the gang’s organizational structure, seizing drugs and firearms in the process.

Rep. Costa Announces Over $6,000,000 in Housing Funding For Bakersfield

Grants will go toward expanding economic and housing opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– Congressman Jim Costa today announced over $6,000,000 in funding for the city of Bakersfield. The funding, awarded through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, will go towards expanding economic and housing opportunities for the people of Bakersfield.

Rep. Costa Announces That “Donut Hole” Checks Are On Their Way To Valley Seniors

$250 checks to be delivered over next several months


Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Jim Costa announced that today Medicare will begin mailing out $250 ‘donut hole’ checks to tens and thousands of qualifying seniors.  Under the recently enacted health reform law, seniors who fall in the donut hole coverage gap in 2010 will receive this one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check.  These checks will continue to be mailed monthly over the next several months as seniors enter the coverage gap.

Rep. Costa Delivers Additional $1 Million To Valley Farmers To Fight Grapevine Moths

Costa: Funds are critical to protecting farmers and our economy


Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Jim Costa today delivered an additional $1 million in federal funding for Valley farmers to fight the European Grapevine Moth, a foreign pest threatening this summer’s harvest. Costa worked to secure the funding to protect the Valley’s economy and prevent farmers from suffering financial losses after the moth was found in the region.

Rep. Costa Announces $1.75 Million To Battle European Grapevine Moth

Funds will prevent spread of pest threatening Valley grape industry and jobs


Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Jim Costa today announced $1.75 million in Farm Bill funding to prevent the spread of the European grapevine moth in California. The spread of the grap evine moth threatens the upcoming summer harvest and the Valley’s grape industry.

Rep. Costa Responds To Resignations From National Academy Of Sciences Panel

Costa: The people of our Valley want answers, and so do I.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– Today, Congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza demanded answers from the National Academy of Sciences to explain why a scientist whose findings question the validity of federal water policy was removed from the panel examining the factors degrading the health of the Bay-Delta and solutions to the region’s water challenges.

Rep. Costa Statement On Wanger Smelt Decision

Costa: Common sense has prevailed. More water is flowing to our Valley.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) responded today to Judge Oliver Wanger’s decision on threatened Delta smelt, calling the ruling a win for Valley farmers and the economy. Wanger ruled that the scientific opinions regarding smelt were flawed and that water regulations must consider human factors along with fish concerns.

"Today’s ruling is another victory for our farmers, workers, and entire

Rep. Costa Statement On Wanger Ruling To Lift Pumping Restrictions

Costa: Ruling is welcome news for our economy and those of us fighting to change unfair water regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) issued the following statement after Judge Oliver Wanger ordered that limits on pumping water from the Bay Delta can be lifted to allow more water to flow to the Valley. Wanger’s ruling follows his earlier decision that regulations limiting water for the Valley are flawed.

Rep. Costa Presses Administration to Revise Water Regulations After Wanger Decision

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Rep. Costa Statement on Groundbreaking Ceremony for Veterans Home of CA- Fresno

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Rep. Costa Announces Winner Of Congressional Art Competition

FRESNO, CA – On Friday, May 14th Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will officially announce Adam L. Silva of Hallmark Charter School as this year’s winner of the annual Congressional Art Competition.  Silva’s painting is titled “Luna & Night Sky” and will be sent to Washington, DC next month to be on display in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel for one year.  His artwork will be displayed with other winning artwork from around the nation. 

Rep. Costa Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Dairy Industry

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Rep. Costa Statement On New CA High-Speed Rail Authority CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today released the following statement after Roelof van Ark was named the new CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

“I am a strong supporter of California’s high-speed rail project and commend the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s decision to hire Roelof van Ark as its new CEO. Mr. van Ark brings a wealth of experience to the project, and his proven track record demonstrates the seriousness with which the Authority is taking its mission to build a world-class high-speed train for California.
 

VA Updates Online Application For Health Benefits

Costa: Changes make health care benefits more accessible for Valley vets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today announced changes to the VA that will make it easier and faster for veterans to apply for their health care benefits. These improvements are a result of the Department of Veterans Affairs updating its online Form 10-10EZ, “Application for Health Benefits.”

Rep. Costa Statement On Plan To Revise Regulations Limiting Water For The Valley

Interior and Commerce Departments To Integrate Bay Delta Biological Opinions


Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) responded today to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s announcement of an interagency plan to revise and integrate two biological opinions issued under the Endangered Species Act. Integrating the biological opinions opens the door to modifying the one-sided scientific rulings limiting the flow of water to the Valley. 

Rep. Costa Announces New Water Increase for Valley

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Rep. Costa Announces Witness List For Farm Bill Hearing In Fresno

Valley farmers, ranchers and dairymen selected to testify


WASHINGTON, D.C.
– Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and the House Agriculture Committee today announced the witnesses for the upcoming field hearing in Fresno to discuss U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill. The hearing will take place on May 3rd at the Fresno City Hall Council Chambers.

Reps. Costa and Cardoza Take Aim At NMFS Biological Opinion

Push Commerce Department to increase water flowing to the Valley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Locke, calling on the Department to exercise greater flexibility in implementing the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biological opinion that is diverting water that could be flowing to the Valley into the Pacific Ocean.

Rep. Costa Presses Governor Over Downtown Revitalization Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) yesterday sent a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger, pressing the Governor to increase the State’s commitment to downtown revitalization projects in the Valley and entire State. Specifically, Costa urged the Governor, like previous governors, to step up their support for downtown communities by locating state agencies downtown whenever possible.

Valley Small Businesses To Be Notified Of Health Care Tax Cuts

Up to 9,700 district small businesses eligible for tax credit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Valley businesses will be getting a little bit of good news in their mailboxes soon.  Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) said today that businesses will soon receive information in their mailboxes about new tax credits they are eligible for as part of the health care reform legislation approved last month.
 

Reps. Costa and Poe Announce Passage Of National Crime Victims' Rights Week Act

Act designates April 18th to April 24th as National Crime Victims’ Rights week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) today announced that House Resolution 1104, the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Act of 2010 passed the House of Representatives.  This act designates the week of April 18th as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States. 

Rep. Costa Addresses Dairy Advisory Committee

Discusses plan to strengthen the dairy industry, boost economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) yesterday addressed the USDA Dairy Advisory Committee to discuss his plan to strengthen the U.S. dairy industry. Costa is currently working on legislation that will protect Americans jobs and promote stability and growth in the dairy market. 

“When our dairymen succeed, our economy succeeds,” said Costa. “My plan will help the dairy industry grow and curb the milk price volatility that is driving dairymen out of business.”

Rep. Costa Takes Valley's Fight To House Floor

Blasts flawed policies and closed-minded thinking restricting water to Valley farmers, farm workers, and communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today took the Valley’s fight to the floor of the House of Representatives. Speaking during debate on H.R. 4715, the Clean Estuaries Act, Costa took on the close-minded approach to California’s water supply crisis and the flawed biological opinions that are restricting the movement of water to the Valley.  

Rep. Costa Questions Commerce Department On Double Standard

Stands Up For Valley Farmers and Economy Over Water Limitations

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Costa (D-Fresno) joined in a bipartisan letter demanding that U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke explain why sport fishermen will be allowed to take an undetermined number of salmon under new California Department of Fish and Game regulations while pumping will be reduced at the federal and state pumps for agriculture beginning on March 31st in order to protect the same fish. The letter was also signed by Congressmen Cardoza (D-Merced) and Radanovich (R-Mariposa).

Rep. Costa Announces $729,393 In Recovery Funds To Aid Struggling Families Find Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today announced that a total of $729,393 has been released to the Housing Authority in the City of Fresno, and Counties of Kings, Kern and Fresno to support tenants of the Housing Choice Voucher program as they find employment and become self-sufficient. Funding was released through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Family Self Sufficiency Program and was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Rep. Costa Response to National Academy of Sciences Review of Bay Delta Water Issues

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Rep. Costa Takes On Reclamation For Not Funding Drought Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At today’s House Subcommittee on Water and Power hearing, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) criticized the Department of the Interior’s handling of the drought crisis. Addressing Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Michael Connor, Costa reiterated that the Department has failed to provide sufficient drought relief to the Valley, and must increase the flow of water and aid to the Valley’s farmers, workers, and communities. 

 

Rep. Costa Presses President To Increase Water And Support To Valley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a meeting last evening at the White House, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) urged President Obama to increase his commitment to resolving the water crisis that is devastating the San Joaquin Valley. “Once again, I delivered our Valley's message directly to the President: Together, we can overcome this water crisis. But to do so, the Administration must increase our supply of water, and step up their commitment to our farmers, families, and workers.
 

Rep. Costa Announces Funding For CSU, Fresno Foundation To Create Jobs And Grow Economy

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today announced $150,000 in funding to create jobs and grow the Valley’s economy. The funds were awarded to the California State University, Fresno Foundation by the Department of Commerce to support regional economic development and enhanced entrepreneurship. 

Rep. Costa Praises Approval Of Armenian Genocide Resolution By Foreign Affairs Committee

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Rep. Costa Honors California State University System on 50th Anniversary

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Rep. Costa Annouces Broadband Funding for the Valley

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Costa Puts Interests Of The Valley First

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Rep. Costa Votes to End Health Insurance Price Fixing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D- Fresno) voted in favor of legislation that will repeal the special anti-trust exemption for health insurance firms and medical malpractice insurance companies. The measure would end special treatment for the insurance industry that allows them to fix prices, collude with each other, and set their own markets without fear of being investigated. H.R. 4626, the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 406-19.

Rep. Costa Calls On Salazar To Maximize Water Allocations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, demanding that he maximize water supply allocations for the 2010 irrigation season.

Congressman Costa and Congressman Cardoza’s letter is attached and the text can also be viewed below.

 

February 23, 2010 

 

The Honorable Ken Salazar

Secretary of the Interior

1849 C Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20240 

Rep. Costa Steps Up Support for Proposed Emergency Temporary Water Supply Legislation

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Rep. Costa Announces $2.7 Million Grant for Kern Community College District

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kern Community College District was awarded a $2,768,572 grant to train unemployed, dislocated and incumbent workers for technician and construction employment in the renewable energy industry.  The grant was awarded by the United States Department of Labor through the Health Care Sector and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries grant program.  These funds were authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

Potential Amendment Would Provide Valley Farmers with Four Times Current Water Allocation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) said today that months of work to ‘turn on the pumps’ will soon hit center stage with a potential Senate amendment to significantly increase water supplies to Valley farmers for the next two years.  Costa has been working with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) and local agriculture and water groups on an amendment to increase the amount of water allocated to Valley farms for the next two years.  If successful, it will save tens of thousands of jobs in the San Joaquin Valley.

$349,560 In Federal Funding For Fresno State Agriculture Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fresno State will be receiving a $349,560 federal grant for their animal growth and nutrient utilization program.  This grant was announced by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and funds will be used to study animal health and nutrition.  California’s total livestock and livestock product cash receipts reach nearly $11 billion each year. 

Rep. Costa's Water Infrastructure Bill Heard in House Water and Power Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on H.R. 4225, a bill authored by Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) which would provide immediate funding for water projects in California to help bring water to the Valley.  Today’s hearing sets the stage for the bill to move through committee and onto the House floor for a vote. 

Rep.Costa Comments Regarding Assistance to West Side Farmers

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$5.483 Million In Federal Funding For Rural Broadband Projects In Fresno County

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Rep. Costa Statement on Death of Steve Hall

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Approximately $13.3 Million in Federal Funding to Help Protect California Agriculture

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Rep. Costa Announces $3 Million Grant for West Hills Community College

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Rep. Costa Commends Appointment of Californians to Key Posts at USDA

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