(Fresno, CA) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that took the lives of 31 people and injured more than 50 others:
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement following House passage of H.R.397 – the Rehabilitation of Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to pass H.R. 3375, the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, to bring much needed relief to Americans threatened by abusive robocall practices.
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.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released this statement following a vote in the House of Representatives today in favor of passing H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019:
(Washington, D.C) – Today, the House voted to pass H.Res.246, a resolution to oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel. Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement:
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would prevent tens of thousands of hungry Californians from receiving benefits:
(Madera, California) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement about Caltrans and the Madera County Transportation Commission breaking ground today on the Highway 99 widening project from Avenue 12 to Avenue 17 in the City of Madera:
Congressman Costa Votes to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage
(Washington, D.C.) - today the House passed the H.R.582 – the Raise the Wage Act, to incrementally raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00 an hour over a six-year period. Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) made the following statement:
(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) made the following statement after voting on a resolution condemning President Trump's racist comments directed at members of Congress, which have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color:
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:
[Washington, D.C.] – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to pass H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, to guard against foreign interference in our democracy by providing funding to states to update and secure their state’s voting systems.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa voted to pass H.R. 3401, a $4.5 billion emergency border supplemental appropriations bill to address the urgent humanitarian situation at our Southern border.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21) joined together to introduce a bipartisan resolution celebrating the historic, cultural, and significant contributions Portuguese Americans have made to the United States.
(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.
WASHINGTON (June 14, 2019) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota and Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California issued the following statements in response to today’s announcement of open signup for the 2018 Farm Bill’s Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.
(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement today after Congress voted to pass H.R. 6, The American Dream and Promise 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.”
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 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.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom's Executive Order directing state agencies to prepare a water resilience portfolio for California:
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.”
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.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement on his vote on H.R. 1644, The Save the Internet Act:
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement on H.Con.Res. 24, calling on the House to make the Mueller report available to the public and to Congress once released. The resolution was passed by a vote of 420-0.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives TJ Cox and Jim Costa released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Reclamation announcement (BOR) of water allocations for the Central Valley Project (CVP).
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) was named to the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources yesterday. Rep. Costa is a senior member of the Natural Resources Committee, and this position rounds out Costa’s committee seats for the 116th Congress.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Valley Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) was elected Chairperson of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. As Chair, Rep. Costa will lead the subcommittee that oversees agriculture trade promotion, dairy, livestock, poultry, and foreign agriculture assistance.