Weekly Newsletter 5.15.2019

Dear Friend,

This week, I'm back in Washington, where the House is working on legislation to increase access to healthcare and ensure equal protections for every American. Here are some highlights from the week of May 13th: 


Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

Today, I voted to pass H.R.987 - the MORE Health Education Act which lowers the cost of prescription drugs, cracks down on junk insurance plans, and lowers the cost of health coverage. This bill builds on last weeks effort to protect coverage for people with preexisting conditions. I am committed to delivering affordable healthcare for every American and ensuring the people of the Valley have the best access possible. This legislation helps us get closer to that goal.  

 

Wildfire Awareness

Also, the house passed H.R. 2157 - the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, which provides relief for communities dealing with natural disasters. The bill provides California with more than $3 billion  in recovery and prevention assistance in the aftermath of wildfires that have devastated whole communities. The legislation highlights the need to do more to manage forests to prevent deadly and destructive wildfires. 

Watch my floor speech below: 

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Central Valley Honor Flight #19

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It was an honor to greet Vietnam War veterans in Fresno as they prepared to take off on the 19th Central Valley Honor Flight on Monday. This group, which includes about 68 Vietnam War veterans, spent the week in Washington visiting landmarks, including the Vietnam War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. It is a small token of appreciation for those who have sacrificed so much in service of our country. Each veteran also received a special 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Veteran Memorial Coin. Hear more about the work I'm doing on behalf of our veterans. 

Visit their website to find out how you can participate.

 

Congressional Art Competition
 

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Thalia Garcia - Congressional Art Competition Winner

We are proud to announce this year's winners of the Congressional Art Competition. Thalia Garcia from Madera High School was the overall winner of the competition. Her piece "Head in the Clouds" will hang for the next year in the halls of Congress. The runners up, Diana Presas of El Capitan High School in Merced and Anna Titterington from Edison High in Fresno, will hang their pieces in my district offices. Anna's work "Fantine" will be displayed in my Fresno office and Diana's "Imagine" will hang in my Merced office. The artistic talent all across our Valley never ceases to amaze me!

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Anna Titterington - Congressional Art Competition Runner Up

If you're interested in participating next year, visit my website for more information.

Upcoming Events Across the District:

Check out these events happening across the district: 

Fresno County Bike to Work Day:

Friday May 17th is Fresno County's Bike to Work Day! As an avid rider, I invite everyone to break out your bikes and start riding. Not only is it a good source of exercise, but biking to work is an enjoyable way to help reduce vehicle emissions here in our Valley. 

Check out the Fresno County Bicycle coalition's website for more information on events and activities surrounding the day. 

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Welcoming the Next Generation of Valley Leaders 

Congratulations to this year's 2019 Graduating Class! 

Both UC Merced and Fresno State will be holding their commencement ceremonies next Saturday, May 18th.

Madera Community College will hold theirs May 23rd, and Fresno City College and Merced College will hold theirs on May 24th. 

Come and recognize what these bright students have accomplished.

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Merced Movies in the Park

The City of Merced Is hosting their Movies in the Park series that will go through October 18th.  The full schedule for movies is on the city website.

The next movie will be in Rahilly Park on May 17th and will be Ralph Breaks the Internet. 

The Parks department can be reached with questions at 209-385-6235

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Los Banos Household Hazardous Waste Collection

On Saturday, May 18, the Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event from 7:00am - 2:00pm at 403 F Street, Los Banos.

For more information on types of HHW or what quantities will be accepted at the landfill, check here or call the Regional Waste Authority at (209) 723-4481.

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YARTS Summer Schedule

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) begins its summer schedule this week. Routes during the summer season include service from Mammoth Lakes, Sonora, and Fresno to Yosemite National Park. Visit their website for more information. 

 


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Sincerely,

 
Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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