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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Past News

Costa, Poe Introduce Legislation to Protect Child Abuse Victims

WASHINGTON, DC—Co-Chairs of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, Reps. Jim Costa and Ted Poe, introduced the reauthorization of the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCCA) that will improve accountability and extend the program for 5 years. The act provides funding to the National Children’s Alliance, local Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), and four Regional Children’s Advocacy Center programs. These centers and programs help expedite prosecution of offenders, reduce violent encounters, and improve safety in communities across the country.

Costa Launches 2nd Annual Holiday Card Drive for Troops

Washington, DC—Rep. Jim Costa announced his second annual holiday card drive for active duty military and Valley veterans. Costa invites residents of the 16th Congressional District to show our appreciation to those who serve and those who have served this holiday season. Working with the American Red Cross, the cards will be delivered to members of the military recovering from injuries while in the line duty at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and local veterans receiving care at the Fresno VA Medical Center.

Costa Supports Ending Backlog at VA

Washington, DC—Rep. Jim Costa supported legislation that will put the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) backon track in delivering former service members the benefits they have earned. The last 6 months have shown great progress with the backlog at VA being reduced by 30 percent, but there still are more than 400,000 overdue cases awaiting review at the Department and Costa’s office works with many of these veterans daily. The House overwhelmingly approved bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to address the backlog at VA with a vote of 404-1.

Costa to Intro Bill to Honor Hmong Veterans

Washington, DC—Rep. Jim Costa joined with Hmong veterans to announce that he will introduce legislation this week that would recognize the service and sacrifices of Hmong veterans in the Valley and nationwide. Costa is joined by Vietnam veteran Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) in introducing the Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act, which would extend burial benefits in national cemeteries to Hmong and Lao Americans who served beside U.S. Armed Forces during theVietnam War.

Costa Will Vote to End Government Shutdown

Washington, DC—Rep. Jim Costa announced his support for the bipartisan Senate agreement that would reopen the government and prevent a financial crisis.

“For too long our government has been closed for business while partisan bickering and inaction ruled the day,” said Costa. “Tonight, I will be voting to get government back to work and preserve the full faith and credit of the United States.”

FRESNO BEE/MERCED SUN-STAR: Stop the 'I' of this hurricane

For too long your government has been unnecessarily shutdown due to Congress’s inability to face simple facts and act like grownups. When we should be working to reopen your government and protect the full faith and credit of this nation, a lot of my colleagues have let “I’s” dominate the dialogue in Washington: inaction, irresponsible choices, and irrational logic.

You expect and deserve better.