Past News

Costa Announces $20 Million Dollar Grant for Fresno County Head Start Program

(Washington) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) announced that the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission has been awarded a $20,032,315 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Grant will help the commission’s Head Start program care for pregnant women and provide education services for children:

Op-Ed: Rep. Jim Costa: Here’s how I will vote on impeachment of President Trump

The House of Representatives will soon vote on two articles of impeachment. Based on the facts I’ve learned over the last two months — and after carefully listening to constituents who both strongly support and oppose the president — I will vote for both articles.

This saddens me. It’s not why I ran for Congress, or why I serve today.

I know my decision will disappoint President Trump’s supporters in the Valley, many of whom I consider friends.

Costa, Ag Committee Colleagues Introduce 'Food for Peace' Resolution

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Chair of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Sub-Committee, and Reps. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) introduced a resolution commending the Federal Food for Peace program, recognizing the ongoing humanitarian need in conflict areas around the globe, and calling for the continued prioritization of funding for Food for Peace programs.

Following the introduction, Reps. Costa and Bishop issued the following statements:

Fresno Congressman Criticizes Mitch McConnell Over 'Plague' of Gun Violence in U.S. Following Mass Shooting

Congressman Jim Costa has hit out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his failure to impose stricter gun control laws following a shooting in his California constituency of Fresno which left four people dead.

McConnell is once again receiving backlash in the wake of another mass shooting in the country after he blocked a Senate vote passed by the House in February which would require full background checks on all people trying to purchase a firearm.

Costa Votes to Fund Government

(Washington) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open through December 20, 2019:

"This Continuing Resolution keeps government running and provides some budget certainty to families, businesses and communities across the country," said Costa. "It extends funding for community health centers and diabetes programs, provides a pay raise to our armed forces and ensures states receive highway funding."

Costa Launches Alliance to End Human Trafficking

Washington, DC —  Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Co-founder and Chair of the Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus, joined fellow caucus Co-Chairs, Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) and Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) to launch the Alliance to End Human Trafficking, a group of survivors, victim advocates and non-profit organizations committed to raising awareness, educating the public and providing resources to fight this modern-day slavery.

Costa, Bipartisan Delegation Introduce 'Farm Workforce Modernization Act'

(Washington) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined a bipartisan delegation, including Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Doug Lamalfa (CA-01) and Dan Newhouse (WA-04) to introduce the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, groundbreaking legislation that that provides a path to legal residency for nearly 250,000 California farmworkers.

California Congressional Members Release Statement on Updated Biological Opinions for Central Valley Project

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressmen Jim Costa (CA-16), John Garamendi (CA-03), Josh Harder (CA-10), and TJ Cox (CA-21) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein released the following statement on the updated biological opinions for federally protected fish species and coordinated operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project:

Costa, California Congressional Delegation Slam Newest Administration Proposal to Cut SNAP Benefits

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined California Congressional colleagues Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, opposing the Trump Administration’s recent proposal to restrict states’ ability to set their own standards of eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Costa, Cox, Harder Pen Letter Asking Administration to Halt Proposal That Will Harm California Residents

(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement after working with Congressional colleagues TJ Cox (CA-10) and Josh Harder (CA-21) in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in response to the Trump Administration's proposal to implement the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicle Rule:

Sacramento Bee: A fight with Trump that Gavin Newsom doesn’t want: Why he’s vetoing environmental bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom took considerable political heat over the weekend from a pair of unlikely sources — the environmental community and Democratic lawmakers.

Both were angered over his pledge Saturday to veto Senate Bill 1, a proposal that they say would have protected California’s waterways and fish against the Trump administration.

Merced County Times: Medals Come Home For Veteran At Age 99

The 99-year-old World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor used a walker as he made his way slowly to the front of the room, amid hugs and kisses. The look on his face was one of awe, wonder and tearful happiness.

Family members, friends and fellow veterans gathered for the surprise ceremony to honor Paredes and present him with a series of medals he earned in wartime overseas but never received during in his long life back in America.

The Atwater resident served in the Unites States Army from 1941 to 1945.

Costa Worried about California Bill's Impact on Valley Water, Urges Governor to Make Changes

(WASHINGTON) In his continuing effort to work with Federal and State legislators to solve California’s water problems, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to include two amendments to Senate Bill 1 (SB1), a key piece of legislation that would have profound impacts on the long term availability of water in the Valley.

Merced County Times: Costa proposal aims to expand Hmong, Lao veterans burial rights

Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), has introduced H.R. 4204, The Special Guerrilla Units (SGU) Service Recognition Expansion Act, bipartisan legislation that expands eligibility for interment in national cemeteries to all Hmong and Lao citizens who fought in support of the United States during the Vietnam War. Currently, only Hmong and Lao SGU Veterans who became naturalized citizens after the Hmong Veterans Naturalization Act of 2000 are eligible to receive burial benefits.

Costa Continues Fighting for Victims Rights, Introduces 'Jane's Law' Legislation

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), founder and Co-Chair of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, introduced H.R. 4203, Janes Law. This important piece of legislation works to close loopholes that allow individuals to deliberately cross state lines after a divorce or separation in order to avoid paying court-ordered distributions.

Costa Fights to Expand Hmong, Lao Veterans Burial Rights

WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), introduced H.R. 4204, The Special Guerrilla Units (SGU) Service Recognition Expansion Act, bipartisan legislation that expands eligibility for interment in national cemeteries to all Hmong and Lao citizens who fought in support of the United States during the Vietnam War. Currently, only Hmong and Lao SGU Veterans who became naturalized citizens after the Hmong Veterans Naturalization Act of 2000 are eligible to receive burial benefits.

Sierra Sun Times: Central Valley Congressman Sponsors Legislation to Clean Up Valley Air

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05),  Jim Costa (CA-16), Senator Kamala Harris (CA), and Congressmembers Julia Brownley (CA-26), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Mike Levin (CA-49), Jim Himes (CT-04), and John Larson (CT-01) introduced H.R. 3973, the Clean School Bus Act. This legislation would provide $1 billion to help school districts across the country replace traditional school buses with electric ones.

Subcommittee Chairs Costa, Fudge, Vela and Plaskett Joint Statement on Administration’s Second Round of Trade War Payments to Farmers

WASHINGTON (July 25, 2019) – The chairs of four House Agriculture Subcommittees issued a joint statement today in response to USDA’s announcement of details on aid for farmers hurt by the Administration’s trade war. Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California; Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L.

KFSN TV: Local congressman and member of Iranian community oppose war with Iran

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- For Parvin Malek, and many of the thousands of Iranian Americans living in the Fresno area, the threat of war between the United States and Iran has become a constant worry.

"I am very scared. I am very worried about my people," Malek said. "I think that if this tension if the war starts nothing good will come of this war."

Many members of Congress, including Jim Costa (D-Fresno) are relieved the President called off a supposed military attack on Iran Thursday night.

Costa Pledges Commitment to 'Food for Peace' Program

Washington, D.C. – At an event celebrating the 65th anniversary of Food for Peace, a program that uses American resources to help prevent and respond to chronic and acute hunger overseas, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) spoke about the importance of food security and the need to help the world’s most vulnerable populations, a major priority he fought for in the past three farm bills: 

Costa, Cox, Harder Urge Funding for Friant-Kern Canal

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) along with Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21), and Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10), recently signed and delivered a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and other state legislators stating their support for State Senate Bill 559 (SB-559), a critical piece of legislation that would provide funding towards improving the Friant-Kern Canal.

GV Wire: Costa, Cox Help House Pass Dreamers Bill Despite Trump Veto Threat

Supporters of the American Dream and Promise Act in the visitor galleries roared “Yes We Can” as House Democrats muscled through legislation bestowing a chance for citizenship on an estimated 2 million-plus migrants.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a “No You Can’t” the next day.

Combined with President Donald Trump’s veto threat, it appears the “Dreamers” will have to wait for protection from deportation and a pathway toward citizenship.

Congressman Costa Issues Statement on House Passage of Equality Act

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement on the House passage of HR-5 The Equality Act: 

It’s as simple as this: no American should be treated as less than equal in the eyes of the law. Members of the LGBTQ community deserve the same protections as everyone else. With #TheEqualityAct, we’re one step closer to putting an end to this discrimination once and for all.”

Congressman Costa Responds to High Speed Rail Funding Announcement

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) made the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's decision to cancel nearly $1 billion in funding for the California High Speed Rail project: 

"Over a year ago the President lamented to a group of airline executives that the U.S. doesn’t have high speed rail like the fast trains in Europe and Asia. The reason is he and his administration have done nothing to support high speed rail or America’s infrastructure investments, as they have done on those continents," said Costa. 

Congressman Costa Announces Winner of Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Jim Costa announced the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for California's District 16 at a ceremony in Fresno at Arte Americas.

Thalia Garcia, a student from Madera High School, won first prize for her soft pastel artwork “Head in the Clouds.” Garcia's art will grace the halls of the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. 

Costa Votes to Keep U.S. in Paris Agreement

Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to pass H.R. 9 the Climate Action Now Act.

“The President’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement was unjustified and shortsighted," said Costa. "We are already seeing the devastating effects of climate change in California from drought to destructive wildfires. That is why I voted to pass the Climate Action Now Act. We must do what we can to ensure we live in and leave behind a safer and more sustainable world for the next generation.”

Fresno Bee: Valley leaders gather to oppose Social Security letters targeting undocumented workers

Several central San Joaquin Valley leaders gathered Tuesday to proclaim their opposition to the reinstatement of the United States Social Security Administration’s “no-match” letters program, which the elected officials say targets the area’s many undocumented workers and will have a devastating effect on the local agricultural economy.

Costa, Valley Congressmen, Senator Feinstein Question Social Security Match Letters

Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), along with valley Congressmen TJ Cox, Josh Harder, Jimmy Panetta, and Senator Diane Feinstein sent a letter to the Social Security Administration questioning the decision to reinstate the controversial practice of sending "no match" letters to businesses across the country. These letters notify employers that an employee’s Social Security number doesn’t match up with official records.

Congressman Costa Continues Fight For Victim's Rights

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (D-16), co-founder of the Victim’s Rights Caucus, continues his fight for women and victims of domestic violence by voting for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA). The landmark 1994 legislation provided protections to all American’s affected from violence and abuse and provided survivors essential services, which are now in jeopardy of being cut.

Costa Statement on The Equality Act

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement on the introduction of H.R.5 - The Equality Act.

“California has provided LGBTQ protections for years, but 30 states still leave LGBTQ people at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services - simply for being who they are. I am proud to join my colleagues in Congress to co-sponsor the Equality Act. We must end this patchwork of protections once and for all, and ensure that every American’s rights are protected.” 

Costa Statement on Passage of the For The People Act

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement following the passage of H.R.1, The For The People Act:

It’s time to change many of the influences that can corrupt the lawmaking process in Washington. We have a government -- as President Lincoln described -- of the people, by the people, and for the people. H.R.1 restores the voice of the American people by making it easier to vote and makes our democracy stronger by making our institutions more inclusive, ethical, transparent and accountable.

Costa Statement on the Dream and Promise Act

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa has released the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act of 2019: 

“I am unwavering in my support for Dreamers. Living with uncertainty is not right, unfair and immoral. It is past the time to act -- as an original co-sponsor of The Dream and Promise Act, I urge my colleagues to pass this legislation to protect our Dreamers once and for all by giving them a path to citizenship. It is the right thing to do.”

Costa Statement on President’s National Emergency Proclamation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s national emergency proclamation:

“The President’s proclamation today is a clear abuse of executive power. My Republican friends have criticized previous administrations for far less. Conservatives should be outraged by the President’s action today.

Costa Statement on Gov. Newsom’s State of the State Address

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement regarding California Governor Gavin Newsom’s February 12th State of the State address:

“The Governor today, in his State of the State address, outlined a new direction for California. His priorities for water and transportation will provide a fresh look, and I hope new opportunities. 

“Attempting to pursue a more centrist approach to creating water sustainability in California is the key.