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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa, Problem Solvers Release Bipartisan Principles for Long-term Budget, DREAMer Protections, and Increased Border Security

Jan 29, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and his colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus released a set of bipartisan principles to serve as starting points of agreement from which Congress can move forward to pass a fiscally-responsible long-term budget, extend permanent protections to DREAMers, and increase border security. Rep. Costa has a long history of working on a bipartisan basis for the people of the San Joaquin Valley, including his leadership in enacting the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act and his work on multiple Farm Bills.

“Time and time again we have seen what happens when we let partisanship run Washington: We do not have a long-term budget, our DREAMers live in fear every day, our immigration system remains broken, our infrastructure is literally crumbling before our eyes, our national security is weakened, and uncertainty cripples government programs essential to businesses and individual Americans,” said Rep. Costa. “In our San Joaquin Valley, passing a long-term budget is imperative for food safety and plant health programs, managing forests and fighting wildfires, ensuring our children have enough food through the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program, and providing medical care at our community health centers. We also have DREAMers in our Valley – with roughly 1,200 attending Fresno State and UC Merced – who we must protect. In the Problem Solvers Caucus, we know that bipartisan negotiation and deliberation is the only way to provide Americans with stable policy solutions. That is why we came together to propose principles to start the broader bipartisan discussions required to reach an agreement on a long-term budget, DREAMer protections, and increased border security.”

The principles proposed by the Problem Solvers Caucus today lay the groundwork for an agreement on protecting DREAMers and addressing border security while building on the group’s bipartisan outline for a fiscally-responsible budget deal from November. For the Problem Solvers Caucus’s multifaceted agreement, click here.