(FRESNO, CA) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), who is seeking the chairmanship of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, received the endorsement of the California, Texas and Florida Citrus industries, citing his experience and history of collaborative leadership.
A coalition of California farm organizations and water districts has formally asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to appoint Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, as the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee.
In a letter sent to Pelosi today, the 70 organizations said Costa “possesses the experience and leadership adeptness” to serve effectively as committee chair. The position opened last week when the current chair, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., was defeated for re-election.
A broad coalition of California agriculture groups are preparing to publicly back Rep. Jim Costa's bid to lead the House Agriculture Committee, adding a new element into the competitive race to be chair.
Rep. Jim Costa’s (D–Fresno) bid to become the next chairman of the powerful House Agriculture Committee gained considerable steam on Friday.
A lengthy assortment of California grower groups and agriculture services associations arrived in full-force behind Costa’s candidacy in a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“We believe that Congressman Costa possesses the experience and leadership adeptness needed to carry the Committee and its important work forward,” the letter reads.
(FRESNO) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following state after former Vice-President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 United States Presidential election:
"Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris”, said Costa. “The 2020 election is over."
(FRESNO, CA) - In an effort to ensure American farmers and food producers continue to have access to fair trade rules and the movement of products overseas, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) led 111 of his colleagues in a bipartisan letter callin
(FRESNO, CA) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after a U.S. District Court blocked implementation of the Trump Administration’s rule that strips Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits away from millions of Americans by subjecting them to time limits on benefit eligibility and weakens states’ ability to target assistance in high-unemployment areas:
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after violence continues to escalate despite Azerbaijan and Armenia agreeing to a temporary ceasefire in Artsakh:
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement highlighting the House of Representative’s accomplishments in the 116th Congress and underlining the need for the Senate to take action
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, issued the following statement in response to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme:
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the updated Heroes Act, a $2.2 trillion bill that strengthens our response and provides critical relief for families, workers, and businesses, including American agriculture, to deal with the ongoing economic hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic:
(WASHINGTON) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement upon introducing a resolution to condemn Azeri aggression in Artsakh, denounce Turkey’s involvement in the conflict and call for an immediate return to the 1994 cease-fire agreement:
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the Merced County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) was announced as a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) 2020 Angels in Adoption Honoree upon :
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act to make important investments in clean energy technologies that support a transition to a more sustainable future:
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through December 11, 2020 and avoid a government shutdown.
(WASHINGTON) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-116) released the following statement on Fresno State University President Joseph Castro’s appointment as the next chancellor of the California State University system:
"As the first California native to be named chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system, the largest in the nation, I can think of no one more deserving of this promotion than Dr. Joe Castro. A valley native raised in an immigrant household, his life story is that of the American dream.
(FRESNO) – In an effort to prevent destructive wildfires that have plagued California and the western United States in recent years, such as the Creek Fire burning in Fresno and Madera counties, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined 42 lawmakers calling for increased federal funding to support comp
(FRESNO) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after representatives from Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates signed a historic agreement to normalize relations:
(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released a new report this week which details how an undercount of the 2020 Census would be detrimental to residents of his 16th Congressional District, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars i
FRESNO—Today, Congressman Jim Costa joined other members of the Blue Dog Coalition for a discussion focused on expanding access to quality, affordable health care in rural America.
Joining Rep. Costa on the call were Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02), Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on Rural Opportunity and Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28). Costa was also joined on the call by Dr. Michael Peterson, Associate Dean of UCSF Fresno.
(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa announced his support for HR 7883, the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, legislation that aims to preserve agricultural fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they’ve experienced due to COVID-19:
(FRESNO) In response to the Trump Administration’s continued push towards sweeping operational changes that degrade service by the United States Postal Service, Congressmen Jim Costa (CA-16) and TJ Cox (CA-21) held a press conference today to discuss the need to support this vital service.
Blaming President Donald Trump for attempting to manipulate the election by slowing the postal service, two Valley congressmen vowed to fight for the mail.
Standing in front of the post office in downtown Fresno, TJ Cox and Jim Costa, both Fresno Democrats, said they are returning to Washington later this week to support a party plan to fund the post office and prevent further reductions of service.
Costa said that cuts to the postal service puts “Americans health and safety at risk.”
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Standing outside the Downtown Fresno Post Office, Congressmen Jim Costa and TJ Cox said the post office serves a vital role in America and should not be cut, especially in the middle of a pandemic.
"Nearly 100 percent of veterans' prescriptions arrive through the mail," he said. "So a delay in those prescriptions is a delay in health care. And I'm not going to put our veteran's health at risk, right? For a political ploy by this administration."
FRESNO, California (KGPE) — The US Postmaster announced the United States Postal Service will suspend operational changes until after the November election.
The decision came down shortly after valley congressmen held a press conference downtown to support the Delivering for America Act. The legislation would give $25 billion to the USPs and not allow for changes until after the pandemic.
“We need it,” said Valley Resident Annette Simon. “We count on it. We need it.”
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement following the Trump Administration’s announcement opposing United States Postal Service funding in the next COVID-19 relief package:
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced additional commodities to be made eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP):
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) helped introduce the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act along with bill authors Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01). This bipartisan bill will help protect communities from catastrophic wildfires by implementing wildfire mitigation projects, sustaining healthier forests that are more resilient to climate change and providing important energy and retrofitting assistance to businesses and residences to mitigate future risks from wildfire.
(FRESNO, CA) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Representatives Mike Thompson (CA-05), Anna Eshoo, and Jerry McNerney (CA-09) held a call with regional reporters today urging the Senate not slash the emergency unemployment income 30 million American workers, including 3.6 million Californian, are relying on during the pandemic.
(WASHINGTON) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the United States Senate adjourned for the weekend without coming up with a new relief plan for millions of Americans who are about to lose unemployment benefits:
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa released the following statement after today’s roundtable with USTR Chief Agriculture Negotiator Ambassador Gregg Doud:
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino, to authorize the creation of a new museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.:
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the minibus appropriations bill to fund programs within Agriculture & Rural Development, Interior &Environment, State & Foreign Operations, and Military Construction & Veterans Affairs:
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) supported an amendment to provide $1.4 million in funding for demining efforts in Nagorno-Karabakh:
“This funding is more critical now than ever before to ensure the safety of the Armenian people,” said Costa. “The recent violence along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has been a terrible reminder of the danger Armenians are faced with every day. I’m proud to support this amendment and solidify U.S. global leadership in efforts to promote peace and stability in the region.”
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement praising California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement of a new program aimed at extending protections for the state’s farm labor workforce who may need to isolate during the COVID 19 health crisis:
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the Great American Outdoors Act:
“This legislation will help preserve, protect, and maintain Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks by investing in long overdue maintenance,” said Costa. “It will increase safety in our parks and enhance recreational opportunities. These are the kinds investments we need to make for future generations to come. It’s part of America’s legacy.”
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement following the death of Congressman John Lewis:
"America has lost a legend. Congressman John Lewis was a real American Hero – someone who truly cared and made a difference during his life.
(FRESNO,CA) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the recent escalation of tensions along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border:
"Azerbaijan's violation of the ceasefire once again delays the progress towards peace for Nagorno-Karabakh. In midst of a global pandemic, where supplies and resources are low, it is critical now more than ever Azerbaijan be held accountable for its disgraceful actions. I support re-examining our security assistance to Azerbaijan immediately."
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a bill which would invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure.
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.
To see local CARES act funding at work, Congressman Jim Costa toured a Fresno business that switched out operations due to the pandemic.
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Actions on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unlawful:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and over 120 Members of the House Democratic Caucus are calling on Congressional leadership to include protection and financial assistance for farmworkers in future legislation to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) led a letter with 10 other members of Congress calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to coordinate with the European Union and our European allies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
[WASHINGTON] – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted to pass the Heroes Act, the latest relief package from the House of Representatives to address the COVID-19 health crisis and provide support for the American people.
(WASHINGTON) After releasing a framework to provide critical support to the nation’s agriculture industry, which has suffered significant losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-19) announced the following measures were included in the
(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.
(FRESNO) Following weeks of collaboration with a bipartisan group of local and national stakeholders, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released a framework to provide critical support to the nation’s agriculture industry, which has suffered significant losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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."
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.
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.
(WASHINGTON) House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California sent a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in the wake of the second death of a USDA meat inspector due to COVID-19.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
FRESNO, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), along with Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06), Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) led 108 members of the House of Representatives in sending a bipartisan letter
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:
(FRESNO) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after House passage of H.R.748 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will provide $2 trillion of relief to critical industries, small business owners, and American families:
FRESNO – In accordance with CDC guidelines to help limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) announced changes to office operations in both his Washington, D.C and California offices:
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.
"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.”
(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:
(Washington) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to reports that the Administration is negotiating with the Lao People's Democratic Republic to deport long-time Lao and Hmong residents of the United States:
Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) today introduced a federal bill, H.R. 5805, that would reauthorize a program to invest in high-speed rail projects throughout the country. The High-Speed Rail Corridor Development Act of 2020 would authorize $32 billion in federal funds for projects in federally designated high-speed rail corridors.
“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.
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement after the United States Bureau of Reclamation implemented the new 2019 biological opinion governing operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project:
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) To raise awareness about the physician shortage in the Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) announced that he will be joined at the 2020 State of the Union Address in Washington by Enid Picart, a first generation college student who is a San Joaquin Valley PRIME medical student at UCSF-Fresno:
(FRESNO, CA) - In their ongoing efforts to improve water quality and reliability in the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and Representative TJ Cox (CA-21) introduced a package of legislation to address California’s water issues.
(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
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.
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.
(WASHINGTON) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after Gov. Newsom's announcement of $11.5 million in emergency grants to address the homeless crisis in Fresno:
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.
WASHINGTON - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (MN-07) and Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), Chairman of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, issued the following statements Wednesday after President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the first phase of a trade deal between the two countries.
Fresno, CA - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement on the killing of Iranian military general, Qasem Soleimani: