Past News

Costa Statement on Roundtable Discussion on USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service

 The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa (CA-16) hosted a roundtable, in which USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Mindy M. Brashears and Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Paul Kiecker answered questions about the impact of COVID-19 on food supply chains.

Peterson, Costa, Plaskett, and Vela Highlight CFAP Concerns in Letter to Perdue

WASHINGTON (June 9, 2020) – In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, and Subcommittee Chairs Jim Costa of California, Stacey E. Plaskett of the Virgin Islands and Filemon Vela of Texas relayed concerns with the implementation of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Costa Calls for Justice and Cooperation to Heal Racial Divisions

Four hundred years after America committed its original sin, slavery, we once again witness the racial fault lines that still exist in our country. We’ve made progress to bridge the gaps. We ended slavery and expanded rights after the Civil War. We stopped segregation and watched the Civil Rights Movement move us toward greater justice and equality.

Costa’s Expanding Medical Education Act Included In Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

(FRESNO) – After a decades long fight to improve access to healthcare for residents of the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) announced today $1 billion dollars in funding for medical school construction, expansion, and training in underserved areas will be included in the Heroes Act, the next COVID-19 relief bill introduced by the House of Representatives. 

House Ag Subcommittee Chairs Costa, Fudge, Plaskett Introduce Legislation to Better Connect Farmers, Food Banks

WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairs Jim Costa (CA-16), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), and Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands, unveiled legislation Friday that will help streamline the donation of food by farmers to food banks across the country as it confronts growing hunger related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Costa Statement on President Trump's Meat Processing Executive Order

WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California released the following statement following President Trump's executive order to keep meat processing plants open:

"In carrying out this executive order the Administration must ensure the health and safety of workers and provide all the resources necessary to do so. Our beef, pork, and poultry processing facilities are essential infrastructure and I have long said our food supply is a national security issue."

National Park Service Awards More than $3.1 Million in Grants to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service is pleased to announce more than $3.1 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants that will fund preservation, restoration and education projects throughout the country. The 22 projects funded will help tell the stories of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens, imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor by the nation of Japan in 1941.

Coronavirus outbreaks triggers call for more protections for meat plant workers

A series of coronavirus outbreaks in meat packing plants have lead workers and lawmakers to call for improved working conditions.  

Last week, Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, shut down a pork processing plant in South Dakota that accounts for up to 5 percent of production after more than 500 of its workers were infected and one died from COVID-19.

Congressman Costa Leads 126 Members in Calling on President to Ensure Direct Relief to Farmers and Producers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) led 126 members in the U.S. House of Representatives in calling on the President to eliminate payment limits for specialty crop, livestock, and dairy producers before the final Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) details are announced.

Costa Introduces Resolution to Support 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

(FRESNO) – In support of 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) introduced a resolution recognizing the vital needs of crime victims and survivors across the country and throughout the world.  The 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme— “Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope” – emphasizes how victim service providers and others can help all survivors in the aftermath of criminal victimization.

Costa, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Call on Congressional Leadership to Help Protect Farmworkers During COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)spearheaded a letter signed by all Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) calling on Congressional leadership to include protection and financial assistance for farmworkers to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Members Call on Interior, California to Work Together to Manage California Water Supply

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Jim Costa, Josh Harder, TJ Cox and John Garamendi (all D-Calif.) today called on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and California Governor Gavin Newsom to maintain coordination of operations between the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

Costa Calls for COVID-19 Materials Be Made Available to Diverse Communities

FRESNO – In an effort to ensure that the diverse communities of the Central Valley are fully informed about the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Jim Costa sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to request that resources and materials are produced in a wide range of languages to educate and inform those residents:

Chairman Costa Opening Statement at Hearing on Stakeholder Perspectives on Agricultural Trade


WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California delivered the following statement at today's hearing on stakeholder perspectives on agricultural trade.

[As Prepared for Delivery]

"Good morning and welcome to today’s hearing on trade from the perspectives of the people actually growing, raising, and selling agricultural products. 


(FRESNO) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the announcement that a Madera County resident tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus):

“I’ve been briefed by healthcare officials in Madera County and am actively monitoring the situation," said Costa. "I have also made contact with both state and federal officials to ensure that our local healthcare providers are equipped with the resources they need to protect our community.”

Costa Brings Valley Health Leaders Together To Coordinate Coronavirus Response Efforts

(Fresno) – In response to the global outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Congressman Jim Costa convened a group of valley healthcare leaders to discuss local efforts to combat the respiratory disease, which was first detected in China late last year.  Rep. Costa called on the Federal Government to work to provide a smart, robust and strategic response across the nation. He plans to support an emergency funding supplemental in the House that fully addresses the scale of this public health crisis:  

Rep. Jim Costa Proposes $32B Boost for California’s High-Speed Rail

“With this legislation, I’m trying to make a commitment at the federal level that we’re gonna put our shoulder to it and we’re gonna lean forward,” said Costa.

Costa considers it essential the federal government makes the same commitment, referring to President Donald Trump.


(Fresno) – After leading the fight in Congress for investment in America’s national rail infrastructure, Congressman Jim Costa unveiled the High-Speed Rail Corridor Development Act, legislation that would provide $32 billion to fund projects in federally designated high-speed rail corridors.

Central Valley Members of Congress Encouraged by State’s Framework for Voluntary Agreements for Bay-Delta and Water Users

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA03), Josh Harder (D-CA10), Jim Costa (D-CA16), and TJ Cox (D-CA21) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued the following statement after the State of California released its voluntary agreement framework to water users:


(WASHINGTON) Congressmen Jim Costa (CA-16) and Darren Soto (FL-09) released the following statement after introducing a resolution which recognizes Fresno native Tom Flores for his achievements in professional football and calls for his induction to the Pro Football Hall

Costa leads push for public medical school in the Valley


The half-century-long push to open a public medical school in the San Joaquin Valley gained additional steam Wednesday.

Reps. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) announced a new bill, the Expanding Medical Education Act of 2020, to help finance the construction of medical schools.

The bill prioritizes regions with a population of more than 1,000,000 that do not have a medical school in operation. It would provide up to $10 million in matching grant funds to a prospective medical school.

Costa Introduces Legislation to Expand Medical Education, Curb Doctor Shortages

FRESNO, CA – In his continued efforts to fight for better access to healthcare for residents of the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa introduced legislation that will provide $200 million dollars in funding to help curb the shortfall of primary care providers in California, particularly in underserved areas where patients have limited access to medical care.

Peterson, Costa Welcome Funding for Farm Bill Animal Pest and Disease Programs, Progress on Vaccine Bank

WASHINGTON (January 16, 2020) – Following an announcement from USDA on the award of $10.2 million in funding for animal pest and disease prevention and management efforts and the request for vaccine bank Foot and Mouth Disease proposals, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa of California issued the following statement. Both Peterson and Costa led bipartisan efforts to include of mandatory, long-term funding for these programs to ensure the U.S.