Past News

Congress Passes Legislation Critical for Valley Survivors of Child Abuse

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives updated and reauthorized funding for programs in the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) today, including Children’s Advocacy Centers and support organizations. These programs are vital for providing Valley survivors of child abuse the services and justice they need to heal and live healthy, productive, and full lives.

Costa Stands with Hispanic Caucus to Ensure Humane and Safe Treatment for All

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) – of which he is a member – visiting Lordsburg Station to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin while she was in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody:

Costa Reacts to State Water Board Vote, Determined to Protect Valley from Water Grab

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) issued the following statement after the California State Water Resources Control Board voted to adopt amendments to the Bay-Delta plan that will direct more water from the Merced, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Rivers to the ocean:

“It is my fear that the vote by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will only further inflame the conflict over California‘s most precious natural resource: its water. I will use every tool at my disposal to protect the communities I represent from this water grab.

Valley Farmers and Families Win Big as Farm Bill Moves to Enactment

Washington, D.C. – The San Joaquin Valley will see significant benefits in this year’s Farm Bill, which cleared the final congressional hurdle to enactment today when passing in the House of Representatives.

Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) – senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, who also served on the Farm Bill Conference Committee that negotiated the final legislation – called on his colleagues to support the bill shortly before it passed today.

Congressman Costa Launches Annual Holiday Card Drive for Veterans and Military Servicemembers

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) launched his annual holiday card drive for servicemembers and veterans today, continuing what has become a Valley holiday tradition.

Each year, Rep. Costa invites residents of California’s San Joaquin Valley to drop off or mail holiday cards to his Fresno and Merced district offices to be delivered to servicemembers and veterans. Costa also partners with local schools in Fresno, Merced, and Madera counties, where students make cards to thank these Valley heroes and wish them a happy holiday season.

Sierra Sun Times: Central Valley Congressman Jim Costa Elected to NATO Parliamentary Assembly Economic Security Role

Congressman Costa

November 24, 2018 - Washington, D.C. – Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) was elected Vice Chairperson of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Economic Security Committee last week during the Assembly’s 64th annual session in Halifax, Canada.

Rep. Costa Leads Bipartisan Coalition in Calling for Farm Bill Support of Fruits, Vegetables, & Other Specialty Crops

Washington, D.C. – This week Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) led a bipartisan coalition of 42 members of the House Specialty Crop Caucus in calling on House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership to give specialty crops – such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts – equal treatment in ongoing Farm Bill Conference Committee negotiations.

Costa Statement on State Water Board Pushing Vote on Bay-Delta Amendments to December 12th

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) issued the following statement after the California State Water Resources Control Board voted today to delay the final vote on amendments to the Bay-Delta plan until December 12, 2018:

“The Board’s decision today to allow negotiations on voluntary settlement agreements to continue until mid-December at the Governor and Governor-elect’s request is a positive one.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Awarded $3.7 Million to Improve Valley Air Quality

Fresno, CA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week it would award the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) over $3.7 million for two projects the District is spearheading to improve Valley air quality by reducing heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions.

Rep. Costa Response to Targeted Mail Explosives: We Must Stand Up to Fearmongering and Hate

Fresno, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) issued the following statement regarding the recent mailing of explosives to political leaders and media outlets:

“The recent targeting of political leaders and media outlets with explosive packages should raise concerns regarding our current political climate for all Americans.

New Federal Law Allows for Real Progress in Securing Valley Water and Increasing Drought Resilience

Merced, CA – The San Joaquin Valley is set to see substantial benefits from today’s enactment of new federal water legislation, including increases in the Valley’s ability to work through back-to-back years of drought conditions and reduce the risk of flooding during wet years.

MCOE, Congressman Costa Host School Safety Summit

Merced, CA – More than 80 school administrators, law enforcement officials and behavioral health experts met on Friday at the Merced County Fairgrounds to discuss school safety at the Merced County School Safety Summit.

Hosted by Merced County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Tietjen and Congressman Jim Costa, the summit including working sessions focused on school safety planning, behavioral health in schools and creating a campus culture that promotes student safety and wellbeing.

Valley Congressmen Costa, Denham, and McClintock Continue Fighting the Water Grab

Fresno, CA – Valley Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA-16), Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), and Tom McClintock (R-CA-4) continue their fight to protect San Joaquin Valley water from the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) “Water Grab.” 

“I will use every option I have to fight the Water Grab,” Costa said. “This is about fighting bad science used to justify taking water from one region of California. This is about the future of the Valley and protecting our way of life.”

Rep. Costa and California Food Banks Host Community Leaders to Fight Valley Hunger

Fresno, CA – Yesterday Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and the California Association of Food Banks brought together community leaders for an anti-hunger workshop.

Over 100 thousand individuals suffer from food insecurity in California’s 16th Congressional District alone, according to the most recent USDA data. There are numerous organizations throughout the Valley actively fighting hunger in their communities, with food banks and the support from local, state, and federal government programs all playing pivotal roles in successful anti-hunger efforts.

Costa and Problem Solvers Caucus Propose “Break the Gridlock” Plan

Washington, D.C. – Today, Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and his fellow members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled their proposal to make Congress work better for the American people.

Adeptly titled, “Break the Gridlock,” the plan calls for specific changes to the House rules that will reward openness and transparency, encourage a willingness to reach across the aisle, create debate on divisive issues, and empower lawmakers to find real solutions concerning the nation’s most pressing matters.

Costa Legislation Another Win for Valley Water

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed important legislation for water districts in California’s San Joaquin Valley and throughout the country, H.R. 3281, the Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act. This legislation, if enacted, would make it easier for local water districts to own their water projects, once debt on the project is fully repaid to the federal government.

Costa Stands for Real, Bipartisan Solutions for Broken Immigration System

Washington, D.C. – Today, Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) again joined a majority of the House of Representatives in rejecting the second of two failed immigration bills that have been described by both Republican and Democratic leaders and non-governmental organizations across the United States as “partisan,” “costly,” “short-sighted,” and “anti-American.”

Costa Advances Legislation to Improve Water Reliability and Flood Protection

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a significant piece of water infrastructure legislation – H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act – by a vote of 408 to 2. Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) worked on a bipartisan basis to improve the legislation by including one provision that would increase water supply reliability in California’s San Joaquin Valley and another provision that could reduce permit compliance costs for utility ratepayers.

Costa Hosts Housing Roundtable to Increase Affordable Homeownership in Merced County

Merced, CA – In his continued efforts to increase access to affordable, safe, and secure housing in the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) hosted a housing roundtable today to bring together key leaders to collaborate on making homeownership an affordable option in Merced County. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Jimmy Stracner, additional regional HUD officials, and nearly 20 housing leaders and local officials participated in the roundtable, which also marked this year’s launch of National Homeownership Month.

Senators Blunt, Coons and Representatives Poe, Costa Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Victims of Child Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, and U.S. Representatives Ted Poe (Texas) and Jim Costa (Calif.), co-founders and co-chairs of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, today introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA). The VOCAA provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable.

Congressmen Costa, Denham, Garamendi, and McClintock Introduce Legislation to Update Water Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. – In their ongoing work to improve access to safe and reliable water, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA-16), Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), John Garamendi (D-CA-3), and Tom McClintock (R-CA-4) introduced H.R 5726, the Non-Federal Reservoir Operations Improvement Act, in the House of Representatives today. If enacted, the bipartisan legislation would resolve a technicality that impedes structural and operational improvements of water reservoirs and prevents reservoirs from functioning as efficiently as possible.

Sierra Sun Times: Central Valley Congressman Continues to Lead on Trade for California Agriculture – Calls for Replacement of China Tariffs With a “Strategic” Allied Approach

May 8, 2018 - Washington, D.C. – In his ongoing efforts to fight for California agriculture, on Monday Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) led other California members of the U.S. House of Representatives in calling on the Administration to replace its tariffs with a “strategic,” allied approach for addressing unfair or unbalanced trade practices.

Costa Honors Fresno Students for Works in Congressional Art Competition

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) honored Fresno County high school students who participated in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition with an awards ceremony Friday evening at the Fresno Arts Council.

More than 50 pieces of art were submitted to the district-wide competition, with high school students from Fresno County submitting 24 pieces total. Fresno students’ work was judged by local artists and members of the Fresno arts community.

Rep. Costa Visits Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School

Fresno, CA — Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) visited Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School in Clovis where he met with students and faculty and spoke to students about the importance of community engagement and his time serving in Congress. In addition, Rep. Costa heard directly from students about some of the programs and opportunities unique to Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School, the only Armenian school in the state of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

$1 Million Federal Grant for San Joaquin Valley Wetlands Conservation

Washington, D.C. – The collaboration between Ducks Unlimited, Grassland Water District, the State of California’s Wildlife Conservation Board and Department of Water Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local private land owners to conserve wetlands within the northern San Joaquin Valley was awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant this week.

Valley Congressmen Costa and Valadao Commemorate Armenian Genocide in House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Jim Costa (CA-16) and David G. Valadao (CA-21) – in their continued work to serve the people of the San Joaquin Valley – joined to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with dual speeches in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Costa Honors Local Victim Advocates with Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Awards

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA-16) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-2) – co-founders and co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC) – held the Caucus’s annual awards ceremony honoring individuals for their outstanding efforts and achievements supporting and empowering victims and survivors of crime. Since they founded the VRC in 2005, Costa and Poe have been leading the congressional effort to protect the rights of crime victims and ensure survivors have access to the resources they need for recovery.

Costa Continues Fight for Commonsense & Fair Immigration Law Enforcement, Leads Hispanic Caucus in Calling for End to Work Site Audits

Washington, D.C. – In a letter released late last week, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) led his fellow Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members in calling on Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan to redirect ICE’s limited resources from the recently increasing number of I-9 work site audits to more strategic and effective vehicles for law enforcement and ensuring community safety.

Gustine Press-Standard: Valley opportunity grows with 2018 Farm Bill

Last week, as I walked through the rows of almond trees on my ranch outside of Fresno, I thought of my father and grandfather, who farmed this same land. I thought about the opportunity land presents to each generation, and the challenges we all face as San Joaquin Valley farmers.

Farmers in our Valley always face three major challenges among many others: Water, labor, and trade.

Costa Supports Essential Valley Programs With Omnibus Vote

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, more commonly referred to as “the Omnibus,” by a vote of 256 to 167. The legislation is a government spending bill, in that it funds federal government programs through September 2018 at the new levels established in last month’s budget agreement.

Costa Pushes for Increased Pumping During Storms

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), a senior member on the House Natural Resources Committee, urged U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to increase pumping during the storms falling in the San Joaquin Valley and across Central and Northern California, consistent with provisions Costa secured in the Water Infrastructure for Improvements to the Nation (WIIN) Act in 2016.

Congressmen Long and Costa Lead Bill to Protect Farmers, Ranchers, and Dairy Producers

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Billy Long (R-MO-7) and Jim Costa (D-CA-16) introduced H.R. 5275, the Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions Act, or ACRE Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. The legislation aims to rectify a widely-understood shortcoming with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), a law which has provided for the clean-up of severe industrial chemical toxic waste for over 30 years.

Costa Statement on New Aluminum and Steel Tariffs

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after President Trump signed new steel and aluminum tariffs which impose a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports and a 25 percent tariff on steel imports:

“California agriculture will likely feel the most intense and direct pain from these tariffs. California farmers and ranchers earned about $21 billion from trade in 2016, which was roughly 44 percent of their total revenue.

Costa Continues to Fight for Hmong and Lao American Veterans

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) continued his advocacy for securing Hmong and Lao American veterans recognition and honor for serving alongside American armed forces in the Vietnam War. Taking to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Costa called on his colleagues to support the Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act. Costa introduced this bipartisan legislation with Congressman Paul Cook (CA-8) to extend veterans burial benefits in national cemeteries to these Hmong and Lao American veterans.

Costa and Central Valley NMTC Announce $55 Million for San Joaquin Valley Investment

Fresno, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined the Central Valley NMTC Fund, LLC in announcing a $55 million award to Central Valley NMTC through the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. The NMTC program is a federal economic development tool designed to encourage private investment into economically-distressed and underserved communities by providing tax credits for private investment in Community Development Entities. These investments help finance community development projects, spur economic growth, and create jobs for the local community.

Costa Joins Secretary Perdue and Congressmen Denham and Valadao at World Ag Expo Agriculture Town Hall

Fresno, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Congressmen Jeff Denham (CA-10) and David Valadao (CA-21) at an agriculture town hall meeting at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. The town hall provided an opportunity for agriculture producers to ask questions and speak directly to officials about America’s food policy, including setting priorities for the next Farm Bill.

Costa Votes for Long-term Budget to Fully Fund Military and Essential Valley Programs

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act, a bipartisan budget deal that will fully fund the military as well as domestic program priorities through Fiscal Year 2019. The legislation will provide the federal government with the long-term budget it needs to plan for more than weeks at a time and fully operate essential government programs, many of which directly impact industries and individuals across California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Costa, Problem Solvers Release Bipartisan Principles for Long-term Budget, DREAMer Protections, and Increased Border Security

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and his colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus released a set of bipartisan principles to serve as starting points of agreement from which Congress can move forward to pass a fiscally-responsible long-term budget, extend permanent protections to DREAMers, and increase border security. Rep.

Costa Meets With Fresno State DREAMers With Message “I Stand With You”

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) met with DREAMers at Fresno State on Thursday to hear their stories, listen to their concerns, and discuss Congress’s ongoing efforts to secure permanent legislative protections for the young individuals.

The conversation was emotion-filled, as each student recounted their story of coming to the United States as a child and shared the fear they feel every day for themselves, their siblings, and their future.

Costa Continues Work for Valley Infrastructure, Joins Problem Solvers in Bipartisan Infrastructure Recommendations

Washington, DC — In his ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure in the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined his colleagues in the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus this week in releasing their report with policy recommendations for improving and investing in America’s infrastructure. Rep. Costa has a long history of working on repairing and building new infrastructure in the Valley.