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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.