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.
Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement in response to the announcement by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction- commonly referred to as the Super Committee- that no agreement had been reached on a plan to address the nation’s debt.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa voted Friday in support of a bipartisan amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring the federal government to maintain a balanced budget. Costa is a co-sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment and spoke on the House floor to make the case for getting our nation’s fiscal house in order.
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.
Joins 60 Democrats, 40 Republicans Urging $4 Trillion in Deficit Reduction
Washington, D.C. –Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement in response to the Federal Housing and Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) intended to ease refinancing for underwater homeowners.
Fresno, Calif. –Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement today on the announcement that Rep. Dennis Cardoza will retire at the end of the 112th Congress:
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jim Costa reintroduced bipartisan legislation to honor the service of Hmong veterans in the Valley and nationwide. The legislation would extend burial benefits in National Cemeteries to Hmong veterans who fought with and supported U.S. forces during the Vietnam War era.
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.
Washington, D.C. – Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced legislation today to give relief to livestock producers, dairymen and consumers. The bipartisan legislation will link the amount of corn ethanol required to fulfill the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the actual U.S. corn supply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Legislation is powerful tool to hold EPA accountable”
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.
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.
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: 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.
Grant will assist homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Joaquin Valley
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement upon hearing that a leading credit rating agency decided to downgrade the credit rating of the United States.
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).
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: “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.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) released the following statement regarding the U.S. courthouse currently under construction in Bakersfield, California:
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s televised address on the status of the war in Afghanistan.
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.”
Site selected one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) congratulated Hanford’s China Alley for being named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). Costa supported this designation for China Alley in a letter to the NTHP in January.
Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced $12.9 million in Farm Bill funding for Fiscal Year 2011 to help Valley farmers and growers prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases. Included in the funding is $1.1 million to prevent the spread of the European grapevine moth in California.
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.
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.
Comprehensive bill meets future energy needs, invests in American infrastructure
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 Continues Leading Fight for Additional Funding, Creating Thousands of Jobs
Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) announced Fresno, Kings, and Kern counties will receive a total of $4,213,715 in federal funding to combat homelessness. The grants were awarded in a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) national competition through the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance (CoC) programs.
Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) released the following statement regarding the announcement yesterday by President Obama that Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice:
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.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) released the following statement regarding the recently announced budget compromise.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the death of two Navy officers from Naval Air Station, Lemoore.
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:
Members to soon introduce energy independence and job creation bill
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: Commonsense bill would mean more water, more jobs for the Valley
FRESNO, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) unveiled new legislation today that would bring significantly more water to Valley farmers and growers who receive water from the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the California State Water Project (SWP).
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.
The recent earthquake in Japan and the tsunami that swept across the Pacific Ocean have taken thousands of lives and destroyed the homes and livelihoods of countless individuals. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan in this time of dire need.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that the Fresno Fire Department will receive an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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 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:
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!”
Fresno, CA – Upon learning of today’s decision by the Department of the Army, the National Cemetery Administration, and the Veterans Administration to deny a waiver request for Hmong General Vang Pao to be interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Congressman Jim Costa issued the following statement:
This funding will help Central Valley farmers combat the spread of this foreign pest, which was first found in California in 2009.
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:
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.
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 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.
Costa: “We cannot use an axe where a scalpel is needed”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through September 30, 2011:
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.
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%.
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.
FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa issued the following statement on the shooting in Tucson, Arizona involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and some constituents: