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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Continues Work for Valley Infrastructure, Joins Problem Solvers in Bipartisan Infrastructure Recommendations

Jan 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC — In his ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure in the San Joaquin Valley, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined his colleagues in the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus this week in releasing their report with policy recommendations for improving and investing in America’s infrastructure. Rep. Costa has a long history of working on repairing and building new infrastructure in the Valley. As a California State Senator, Costa was integral in the expansion of California’s SR 180, with the segment between Route 99 and Chestnut Avenue now named “Senator Jim Costa Highway.” Since being elected to Congress, Costa has worked to secure federal funds for the widening of Highway 99 and for the ACE railway corridor project. Additionally, from leading the state legislation that created the Kern County Water Bank and carrying multiple California water bonds while in the California legislature, to securing federal funds to connect Fairmead to Madera County’s water system and $10 million of federal money for Black Rascal Creek flood control and ground water recharge in Merced County, Rep. Costa has been especially active in improving water infrastructure in the San Joaquin Valley.

“The health and development of our economy and communities rely on our infrastructure, which is why I have always made, and will continue to make, improving the infrastructure in our San Joaquin Valley a priority,” said Rep. Costa. “We know from our country’s history that infrastructure projects move forward most effectively when local, state, and federal governments all do their part. The state of California and all three counties in my district have stepped up, raising their own money for critical transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. Now it’s time that the federal government match the commitment made by our local and state governments.”

“We must stop living off the investments our parents and grandparents made over the last two generations and take seriously our obligation to invest intelligently in infrastructure and create long-term policy solutions to both repair our broken infrastructure and develop and innovate for the future,” continued Rep. Costa, member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and supporter of the caucus’s recommendations. “The Problem Solvers Caucus policy recommendations are critical starting points for the bipartisan, deliberative process required for this type of legislation, and I hope our recommendations can serve as a foundation of consensus on which bipartisan collaboration can build policy that repairs, advances, and invests in America’s infrastructure.”

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group of representatives working to find a path forward for responsible governance. The caucus’s Infrastructure Working Group met with over one hundred stakeholder organizations, congressional leaders, and the Administration to produce the report and provide the recommendations. The recommendations address both rural and urban infrastructure needs and cover numerous types of infrastructure, including roads and bridges, transit and railways, ports and airports, water and sewer systems, energy systems and the power grid, and broadband and communications networks.

The Problem Solvers Caucus full report and policy recommendations can be found here.