Past News

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.

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.

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.”

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.