Past News

Costa Statement on Blocking of Tax Cut Vote

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement in response to House Republicans blocking a vote on bipartisan legislation to extend expiring provisions and give Congress time to approve a longer-term solution. H.R.3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011, cleared the Senate with a vote of 89 to 10. Specifically, the bill would prevent a $1,000 tax increase on the average American family, extend unemployment benefits, and protect seniors’ access to health care professionals.

Costa to Super Committee: Failure is Not an Option

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa joined a bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators today in renewing their call for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction - commonly referred to as the Super Committee- to exceed the minimum $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction required under the Budget Control Act of 2011. The Super Committee has one more week to finalize a plan for deficit reduction.

Costa Supports Trade Agreements

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Calif.) voted Wednesday evening in support of trade agreements with Korea, Panama, and Colombia that will help the United States better compete globally. The House also approved legislation with Costa’s support to extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA), which provides benefits to workers impacted by the possible adverse effects of trade expansion.

Costa Announces $92 Million for Fresno Veterans Home

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Calif.) announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved $92 million for the construction of the Fresno Veterans Home. Final approval of the funding was delayed due to state budget cuts that prevented the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) from honoring several provisions in the initial grant agreement signed by the state in March.

Costa Announces $400,000 for Fresno Unified School District

Fresno, Calif. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Calif.) announced that the Fresno Unified School District has received nearly $400,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education to expand counseling programs at four high-need elementary schools. The grant will enable the school district to expand and enhance the Safe and Civil Schools program, a school-wide and classroom-based program, to improve the safety and social behavior of students.

Costa Announces COPS funding for Parlier Police Department

New police officer to join the force

Fresno, Calif. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Calif.) announced that the Parlier Police Department will hire a new police officer for three years thanks to a $244,057 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Parlier was one of only 23 law enforcement agencies in California to receive the COPS Hiring Program grant.

Costa Announces $500,000 for Kern County Physical Education Program

Fresno, Calif. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Calif.) announced that the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) has received more than $500,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the “Kern Kids Get Moving!” project. The project is designed to help Kern County students meet state standards for physical education and will serve to promote and encourage lifelong eating habits. The project will target youth at the KCSOS Valley Oaks Charter School, Alternative Education Programs and five after school Migrant Education programs.

Valley Farmers Vindicated in Court Ruling on Salmon Biological Opinion

Costa, Cardoza Applaud Court’s Decision

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) today reacted to the news that the United States District Court rejected a 2009 salmon biological opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and ordered the agency to develop a new opinion. In his ruling, Judge Oliver Wanger criticized the biological opinion as “arbitrary, capricious, and unlawful” while also citing the “equivocal or bad science” used to justify the agency’s action.

Costa Rebukes Interior on Delta Smelt Plan

Calls on department to “stop the insanity”

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today rebuked the U.S. Department of the Interior in a letter to Secretary Ken Salazar for seeking a stay on Judge Oliver Wanger’s Aug. 31 ruling on Interior’s Delta smelt plan (fall X2). Judge Wanger found “there is essentially no biological evidence to support” the department’s plan and halted its full implementation.

Costa Statement on President’s Address on Job Creation

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released a statement following President Barack Obama’s address to a Joint Session of Congress. The President laid out the principles of the American Jobs Act, legislation he will transmit to Congress in the coming days.

“I appreciated hearing the President’s plan for job creation. We don’t lack ideas. We lack jobs. That’s why the President, the Congress, and the private sector must work together to put Americans back to work.

Costa Applauds Withdrawal of Burdensome Environmental Regulation

Costa: Commonsense and good science have won the day

Fresno, Calif. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released a statement following the announcement that President Barack Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw proposed new regulations on air quality standards for ozone. The draft regulations would have rewritten the current ozone standards put in place by the Bush Administration in 2008 and are due to be updated in 2013, pursuant to the Clean Air Act.

Costa Announces Federal Grant to Open New Health Center in Fresno

Fresno, Calif. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Calif.) announced that Clinica Sierra Vista of Bakersfield has received a $483,333 federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to open a new community health center in Fresno County known as the West Shaw Community Health Center.  Clinica Sierra Vista was one of only 67 organizations across the nation to receive the HRSA grant. Costa supported Clinica Sierra Vista’s application for federal funding in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Costa, Cardoza Announce $9.5 Million in Funding for California Farmers

Funding will Help Producers with Air and Water Quality and Water Conservation Practices

Washington, D.C. - Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA) and Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) today announced $9.5 million in additional funding assistance for California farmers seeking to make farm improvements that will help to improve air quality, water quality or conserve water.  These funds will be provided through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 

Costa Statement on Debt Limit Compromise Vote

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of the bipartisan debt limit compromise. The compromise extends the debt limit of the United States through the beginning of 2013, reduces the national deficit by $1.2 trillion over ten years, establishes a 12 member bipartisan congressional committee to develop a long-term deficit reduction plan, and allows for a vote on a balanced budget amendment.

Costa Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Debt Limit Bill

Costa: “It’s time for cooler heads to prevail.”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement regarding today’s vote on S. 627, legislation sponsored by Speaker of the House John Boehner to provide a short-term increase in the nation’s debt limit. The bill passed the House by a vote of 218-210, and awaits consideration by the Senate where passage is considered unlikely.

Costa Announces $2 Million Grant for Kern County Employers’ Training Resource

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) applauded the announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that the Kern County Employers’ Training Resource (ETR) will receive a $2,107,959 grant from the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP). The grant will enable the ETR to continue providing a full array of services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers including vocational education, on-the-job training, work experience, case management, and job search assistance in both English and Spanish.

Costa Continues Fight to End Corn Ethanol Subsidies

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) continued his fight against wasteful taxpayer subsidies for corn ethanol by joining his colleagues in introducing the Ethanol Subsidy Repeal Act, bipartisan legislation that would fully eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. The bill would save taxpayers $2.7 billion this year and $6 billion in each subsequent years.

Costa Announces Head Start Grant for Kings County

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced a grant of $1,939,598 for the Kings Community Action Organization in Hanford, CA, for the Head Start and Early Head Start Program.

“Head Start is essential for the early education of our children,” Costa said. “These funds will provide families with health and support services while ensuring another generation of children in Kings County is prepared for kindergarten this fall.”

Costa Stands Up for the Valley, Urges Cooperation During Water Hearing

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) continued working to find comprehensive solutions to California’s broken water system during a Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. Costa urged cooperation among all stakeholders, but emphasized that California’s Central Valley has historically borne the brunt of the sacrifices required by previous water compromises.

Rep. Costa Announces $9.1 Million to Enhance Valley Water Supply

 Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced today $9.1 million in federal funding awarded to help five Central Valley water delivery districts save water and increase water delivery, storage, and management efficiencies. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior awarded the funding through the WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) program, a cooperative pilot program to fund water use efficiency projects.

 

Rep. Costa Fights Unfair Corn Ethanol Subsidies

Fresno, CA – As food and gas prices and the national debt continue to rise to unacceptable heights, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) urged Congressional leaders to allow a full and fair debate on the taxpayer subsidization of corn-based ethanol. In a letter sent last week to President Obama, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Costa highlighted the $6 billion price tag of corn-based ethanol subsidies and the skyrocketing food and gas prices that are the result of this misguided policy.

Costa Fights for Joint Strike Fighter Mission at Naval Air Station Lemoore

Reps. Costa, Nunes, Cardoza: We support JSF “without reservation”

 

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) announced today his support for the selection of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore as the future home of the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) mission. Costa was joined by fellow Central Valley Congressmen Devin Nunes (R) and Dennis Cardoza (D) in sending a letter to the United States Navy urging the homebasing of the JSF aircraft at the Central Valley naval installation.

2011 Congressional Art Competition Deadline Approaching

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) reminded high school students that the submission deadline for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition (CAC), "An Artistic Discovery," is 5:00pm on April 8, 2011. High school students who live in California’s 20th Congressional District are encouraged to enter the competition for a chance to have their piece exhibited en route to the United States Capitol Building for an entire year.

Guidelines for the competition are as follows:

Costa Introduces More Water for Our Valley Act

Costa: It’s time to put aside political differences, end regulatory drought

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today introduced H.R. 1251, the More Water for Our Valley Act, continuing his efforts to find commonsense solutions to California’s broken water system. The attached legislation would ease restrictions on pumping that have limited the flow of water to the San Joaquin Valley, ensuring more water for Valley farmers and reasonable protection for endangered species.

Costa, Cardoza React to Water and Power Subcommittee Hearing, New Water Allocation

FRESNO, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) released the following statement:

“We are pleased with the decision by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock to hold a hearing in Fresno on the impact of burdensome regulations on the water supply of the San Joaquin Valley. Nothing demonstrates the devastating impact of these regulations more than the Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement today of just 5% more water for our Valley.

Costa Announces $616,502 in Funding for Valley Health Center

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced $616,502 in federal funding for the Shafter Community Health Center.

 

The grant, made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Center program, will enable this health center to provide comprehensive, quality health care services to families in the Central Valley.

Costa Claims Ranking Member Spot on Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Researc

Costa Will Also Serve on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry; Resources Subcommittees on Water & Power and Energy & Mineral Resources

Fresno, CA – After being selected as Ranking Member on the Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, Congressman Costa made the following statement:

Rep. Costa Statement On President Obama’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

“The President’s call for all Americans to work together to make the country’s economic recovery our highest priority is something we can all agree on.  Some of us in Congress have been saying that for the past two years!”

Rep. Costa Applauds USDA Decision to Fully Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa

 FRESNO – Today, Congressman Jim Costa announced that in response to his request, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to fully deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa. “Last year I joined my colleagues in requesting Secretary Vilsack take this action, and I am glad that the USDA was able to make this common sense decision,” Costa said. “This decision is good news for Valley agriculture, dairies and jobs”.  Attached is a copy of the full USDA announcement.

Rep. Costa Announces $16.922 Million To Battle European Grapevine Moth

Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Jim Costa today announced $16.922 million in emergency funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent the spread of the European grapevine moth in California.

This funding will help Central Valley farmers combat the spread of this foreign pest, which was first found in California in 2009.

Rep. Costa Calls on President to Reverse Army Secretary’s Decision

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno), along with Congressmen Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Larry Kissell (D-NC), and Mike McCaul (R-TX), wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to reverse U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh’s decision to reject a waiver request for Hmong General Vang Pao to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Rep. Costa Statement at Today’s Subcommittee Hearing on USDA Definitions of “Rural”

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) made the following statement at a hearing of the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. 

The hearing focused on the various definitions of “rural” applied under programs operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Congressman Costa is the Ranking Democratic Member on the Subcommittee.

Statement as prepared for delivery:

General Vang Pao Decision Showed “Unacceptable Disorganization and Callous Insensitivity”

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) sharply criticized the Department of the Army’s treatment of a burial waiver request for Hmong General Vang Pao to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in a letter addressed to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Secretary of the Army John McHugh issued a rejection of the burial waiver on February 4, 2011, the first day of the Hmong General’s well-attended funeral.

Rep. Costa Announces $1,177,812 in Funding for Valley Health Centers

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced $1,177,812 in federal funding for the United Health Centers (UHC) of the San Joaquin Valley. 

The grant, made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Center program, will enable these health centers to provide comprehensive, quality health care services to families in the Central Valley.

Costa Announces Increased Federal Water Allocation Forecast

Costa Calls on Salazar to Ease Restrictions

“The system is broken, period.”

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that the Interior Department is forecasting an increased federal water supply allocation for south of the Delta agricultural contractors.

In its 2011 Federal Water Allocation Outlook, the Interior Department forecasts a water allocation of 50 percent.

Rep. Costa Announces 2011 Congressional Art Competition

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced the 2011 Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery," to give high school students in California’s 20th Congressional District an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents.

High school students living in the 20th Congressional District are encouraged to enter the competition for a chance to have their piece exhibited en route to the United States Capitol Building for an entire year.

Rep. Costa Announces Increased Federal Water Allocation Forecast

Costa: “Our Valley is set to receive more water than in recent years. This is good news for Valley jobs and our economy.”

FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa today announced that the Interior Department is forecasting a federal water supply allocation for south of the Delta agricultural contractors that is four times greater than last year’s initial allocation. In its 2011 Federal Water Allocation Outlook, the Interior Department forecasts a water allocation of 45%. Last year’s initial water allocation was a mere 5%.

Rep. Costa Requests Burial Eligibility For Major General Vang Pao

FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa today requested that Major General Vang Pao be granted eligibility for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The letter, which was also signed by Congressmen Dennis Cardoza, Madeleine Bordallo and Tim Holden, was sent on behalf of the General’s family to both Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.