Costa Votes to Increase Payments for Struggling Americans, Support Military and Veterans by Overriding Presidential Veto of NDAA

Dec 28, 2020
Press Release

(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after voting for HR 9051, the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Health (CASH) Act of 2020, a standalone COVID-19 relief bill that would increase economic impact payments from $600 to $2000: 

"Americans are hurting from the impacts of COVID-19, and we must do all we can to help provide resources for their safety and survival,” said Costa. “Democrats pushed for higher stimulus during months of negotiations because it was the right thing to do. Today, we acted to help our communities get through these challenging times. I’m pleased the President supports it."

The bill passed with well more than the necessary two-thirds bipartisan majority of 275 votes, with 44 Republicans joining 231 Democrats. 

Rep. Costa also voted to override President Trump’s veto of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act:

"Congress has enacted a bipartisan defense authorization bill for 60 years in a row to ensure the military gets the support it needs," Costa said. "I am proud to vote to override the President's veto, which showed a complete disregard to our troops. This bill is essential because it gives service members a raise, improves healthcare for veterans, and ensures the U.S. military remains the strongest in the world.”

The override was also passed with a 2/3rd, bipartisan majority off 322 votes, with 109 Republicans joining 212 Democrats.