Contact Information California 16th District House Representative Jim Costa (D)

Contact Information California 16th District House Representative Jim Costa (D)
Contact Information California 16th District House Representative Jim Costa (D)

Birth Date:  04/13/1952

Political Experience

  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, California, District 16, 2004-present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, California, District 16, 2018, 2020
  • Senator, California State Senate, 1994-2002
  • Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 1978-1994

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About Quick Review Below

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What Issues This Representative Supports

Issue Supports/Does Not Support Issue
Administrative Priorities
Abortion Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?      Pro-Choice
Affirmative Action
Agriculture
American Terrorist Groups
Art
Banking
Black Lives Matter
Budget In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?       Supports

Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?       Unknown Position

Business
Campaign Finance Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?    Supports
Candidate
Child Tax Credit
Children
Civil Rights
Constitution
Consumer
CoronaVirus
Corporate Accountability
COVID-19
Crimes Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?     Does Not Support
Death Penalty
Democratic Party
Disability
Drug Policy
Economy Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?     Supports

Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?    Does Not Support

Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?    Supports

Education Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?    Supports
Election
Electoral College
Employment
Energy Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?     Supports

Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?    Supports

Environment
Executive Branch
Family Value
Filibuster
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Aid
Free College
Gambling and Gaming
Gender Identity
Government Spending
Green New Deal
Gun Reform Do you generally support gun-control legislation?    Supports
Health Care Insurance
Health Care Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)?    Does Not Support

Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?   Supports

High Speed Internet
Housing
Immigration Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?      Does Not Support

Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?      Does Not Support

Incumbent
Indigenous People
Infrastructure
International Policy
January 6, 2021 Riot
Judicial Branch
Justice System
K-12 Education
KKK
Labor Union
Legal
Legalizing Marijuana
Legislative Branch
LGBQ
Marriage
Medical Debt
Medicare For All
Military Budget
Military
Military Spending Defense: Do you support increasing defense spending?     Unknown Position
Minor Children
Miscellaneous
Monetary Policy
Money In Politics
National Resource
National Security Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?     Unknown Position

Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?     Unknown Position

Oil and Gas
Political Corruption
Puerto Rico
QAnon
Religion
Reproductive Health Care
Republican Party
Science
Senior Citizens
Social Security
Stem Cell Research
Tax Increases For The Rich
Tax
Tax On Extreme Wealth
Technology and Communications
The Proud Boys
Trade Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?     Supports
Traitor
Transportation
Tribal Nations
Unemployment
Veteran Affairs
Veteran
Violated Their Oath
Voting
Wage
Wall Street Reform
War
Whistleblower
White Supremacist
Whistleblower
Wildlife
Women’s Rights

 


After Reading Jim Costa’s Questions and Answers

 


 

Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, A very respectable company that I trust a lot has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2016.

 


Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?     Pro-Choice

  • Rated 0% by the National Right to Life Committee.
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Signed a letter stating: “Women have the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. Barriers to abortion care force women to delay care, resulting in unintended pregnancies and unplanned births, which often times force families deeper into poverty. For these aforementioned reasons, along with the fact that abortion care is health care, we oppose this rule and urge you to withdraw it immediately before it has the opportunity to cause harm to Americans across the country.”

Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?     Supports
  • “Today’s vote reflects a missed opportunity to use bipartisan comprehensive tax reform to return our nation to a fiscally-responsible path while making our tax system fairer and simpler. Instead, the House passed a partisan tax bill which will increase our national debt by $2.2 trillion and which pays for permanent corporate tax cuts by increasing taxes on America’s middle class and families in 2025. The legislation the House passed today is fiscally-reckless and a sad excuse for reform, and it will harm people across our country and the San Joaquin Valley.”
  • Rated 17% by The Club for Growth.
  • Rated 23% by the Nationa Tax Limitation Committee.

Budget: Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?    Unknown Position

  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans.
  • “Also very important here is our need to protect Americans’ Social Security. Social Security is a promise made to those who have worked to contribute to the system, and provides dignity and additional security for hardworking Americans during their golden years. As a result, Congress must do what it can to reduce strains on the program, particularly from fraud and theft.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “We write to express our concerns regarding the proposed changes to the payment and bidding model for Medicare Advantage Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWP) included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2017 Advance Notice. The proposed changes could result in payment cuts of 3-4% to Medicare Advantage (MA) Retiree Coverage, negatively impacting the 3.3 million seniors who depend on this coverage for high quality affordable health care. We urge you to remove the proposed 3-4% payment cut to MA Retiree Coverage in the 2017 Final Notice scheduled to be released on April 4th.”
  • “Let me be clear: We must protect Social Security, Medicare, and other safety net programs that provide security for Americans and our nation’s future. To do so, we must take serious action to balance our budget, & this action must include plans to protect these vital programs.” (twitter.com)

Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?     Supports

  • “It’s time to change many of the influences that can corrupt the lawmaking process in Washington. We have a government — as President Lincoln described — of the people, by the people, and for the people. H.R.1 restores the voice of the American people by making it easier to vote and makes our democracy stronger by making our institutions more inclusive, ethical, transparent and accountable.”
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 – For the People Act of 2019.

Crime: Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?     Does Not Support
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
  • “Now is the time to be bold in the face of racial injustice and create meaningful change in our nation,” said Costa. “But we must get it right. We need to work together — the House, Senate and the President — if we’re to have comprehensive reform. This bill works to improve transparency and create a change that safeguards every American’s right to safety and justice.” (costa.house.gov)

Defense: Do you support increasing defense spending?     Unknown Position

  • “The Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno is vital for our national security and our Valley’s economic security. The location of the 144th Fighter Wing on the West Coast helps our nation maintain air superiority in the Southwest region of the United States and around the world, and with more than 1000 guardsmen and women stationed at the wing, the 144th is a central part of our local economy. That’s why I fought so hard to stop proposals by other states to end the 144th fighter wing and halt the transfer of new F-15s to the wing.” (costa.house.gov)
  • “Permanently ends the threat of devastating cuts: Prevents funding cuts to defense spending and non-defense spending and replaces years of reckless budgeting.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;”
  • “To increase our national security, I have supported legislation to give our men and women in uniform the resources they need to keep us safe while ensuring accountability and good stewardship of our taxpayer dollars.” (costa.house.gov)

Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?     Supports

  • Signed a letter stating: “The High Speed Rail project is already well underway on its first segment through the Central Valley. More than 2,600 workers and 488 small businesses are hard at work at 20 construction sites. The federal government has only funded $2.5 of the $6 billion spent to date, and has only committed to provide another $929 million after the state spends $X billion more of its own resources. This is a much smaller federal share than the 80 percent typically provided for new highway construction. Completion of this work would meet the fundamental purpose for which federal funds were granted.”
  • “By drastically reducing investments in job-creating fields critical to hard-working American families, such as rebuilding roads, bridges, and our rail systems, this legislation hampers successful economic growth in the San Joaquin Valley. We can no longer survive on the investments made by our past generations.”
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act”

Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?      Does Not Support
  • “Instead, the House passed a partisan tax bill which will increase our national debt by $2.2 trillion and which pays for permanent corporate tax cuts by increasing taxes on America’s middle class and families in 2025. The legislation the House passed today is fiscally-reckless and a sad excuse for reform, and it will harm people across our country and the San Joaquin Valley.” (costa.house.gov)
  • “Today’s vote reflects a missed opportunity to use bipartisan comprehensive tax reform to return our nation to a fiscally-responsible path while making our tax system fairer and simpler. Instead, the House passed a partisan tax bill which will increase our national debt by $2.2 trillion and which pays for permanent corporate tax cuts by increasing taxes on America’s middle class and families in 2025. The legislation the House passed today is fiscally-reckless and a sad excuse for reform, and it will harm people across our country and the San Joaquin Valley.”

Economy: Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?      Supports

  • “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. I’m proud to vote for the bipartisan CARES Act and its support for small businesses across the country.” (www.facebook.com)
  • “Small business owners need flexibility. I’m pleased the Senate passed the @ProbSolveCaucus -endorsed #PPP Flexibility Act.” (twitter.com)

Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?       Supports

  • “The young people in our Central Valley and throughout the nation are the future of this country, and we must provide the necessary resources and support to educators and administrators to ensure that all students have an opportunity to succeed. I am pleased that the Every Student Succeeds Act gives more flexibility to local school districts, improves accountability, and empowers educators.”
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association.

Energy and Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?     Supports
  • Signed a letter stating: “EERE plays a key role in advancing America’s “all of the above” energy strategy, leading a large network of researchers and other partners to deliver innovative technologies that will help make renewable electricity generation more cost-competitive with traditional sources of energy and create jobs right here in the United States.”

Energy and Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?      Supports
  • “Finally, this legislation will significantly benefit our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas has been instrumental in helping California achieve AB 32 greenhouse gas emission standards and increasing the global use of natural gas in lieu of more carbon intensive fuel sources will be instrumental to our efforts as we combat global climate change.” (costa.house.gov)
  • “I was proud to carry the legislation to create the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District over 20 years ago and I am equally proud to co-sponsor this legislation with Rep. McNerney. We have made progress, but there remains a road ahead of us to make our skies cleaner and our air clearer.”
  • “Secured $30 million for zero emission power plants to clean our air.” (www.jimcosta.com)

Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?     Supports

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
  • “Earlier this year, I voted in the House to pass common-sense gun legislation that would help protect lives and it’s been sitting on Mitch McConnel’s desk for months. But more needs to be done. When will the Senate and the President do their jobs and work to protect the American people?”
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 “Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws”

Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)?    Does Not Support

  • “As I have said time and time again, the Affordable Care Act needs work, but the only way to fix the ACA is through real and workable bipartisan solutions. This means we must listen to experts in the field to identify the health care problems Americans face in their daily lives, the causes of these problems, and possible answers, and then we must work together — Democrats and Republicans — to construct a well-founded and serious policy solution.”
  • “I rise today to speak in favor of H.R. 4414, the Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act. I am a cosponsor of this bill because I think it provides a targeted fix to the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act. It is too bad, though, that we cannot work together in fixing other flaws in the ACA instead of trying to repeal it over 50 times over the last 2 years.”

Health Care: Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?     Supports

  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • “Not enough has been done to the protect the frontline workers laboring every day to maintain our food supply. The COVID 19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the laborers in our farming communities and I’m pleased to see Governor Newsom expand protections for these men and women at a time when they are needed most to help feed American families.” (www.facebook.com)

Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?       Does Not Support

  • “Our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows that. Why don’t we try sitting down and working together on real, bipartisan reform? This is a partisan proposal that holds DREAMers and vulnerable children hostage, and does nothing for California farm workers. What’s worse, it builds a $25 billion wall that by itself does not provide comprehensive solutions for our border security, which we all believe in. I urge my colleagues to do the right thing: Vote NO. Let’s get back to working on bipartisan reform, reform that provides us with the border security we need, fixes our immigration system, and respects the dignity and humanity of aspiring Americans.”
  • “This is a partisan proposal that holds Dreamers and vulnerable children hostage and does nothing for California farmworkers. What is worse, it builds a $25 billion wall that, by itself, does not provide comprehensive solutions for our border security, which we all believe in. By the way, didn’t the President promise that Mexico would pay for this wall? Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to do the right thing. Vote “no.” Let’s get back to working on bipartisan reform, reform that provides us with the border security we need and fixes our immigration system and respects the dignity and the humanity of aspiring Americans”

Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?     Does Not Support

  • “That’s why I support policies that would modernize our broken immigration system for the 21st Century by securing our borders, uniting families, and providing an earned pathway to citizenship.” (costa.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating “We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities.” (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • “Yesterday I signed a discharge petition to bring to the House floor the bipartisan, bicameral Dream Act, which will permanently protect these DREAMers by offering them a path to earned citizenship, not amnesty. I will continue to do everything in my power to bring the Dream Act to the House floor for a vote and to work then, after that, for comprehensive immigration reform, which is what we really need to do so that we don’t keep up ending back here like a continued broken record.”

National Security: Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?      Unknown Position

  • “I have long called for tough sanctions on Iran, and this legislation strengthens our ability to use sanctions to prevent Iran from further developing its ballistic missile program. In passing this bipartisan bill today, the House of Representatives came together to protect both American citizens and people all over the world,” said Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), who cosponsored the bill. “This being said, America’s national security requires that the U.S. remain credible, which means we must keep our agreements, be a reliable international partner, and enforce our sanctions. Only with this credibility will we be able to work with our allies to make the world safer through a comprehensive strategy of diplomacy, sanctions, and deterrence.”
  • Signed a letter stating: “Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certification of Iran’s compliance or walking away from the JCPOA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security. We are further concerned that non-certification based on justificiations beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement would threaten global non-proliferation efforts and send exactly the wrong message to North Korea at the moment we are trying to diplomatically defuse that crisis.”
  • “This is one of the most important foreign policy decisions that our country has faced in years. Over the past several weeks, I have read the agreement and reviewed the classified portions multiple times. Additionally, I met with Valley residents, read constituent inquiries, and spoke with policy experts who have served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. After weighing the pluses and minuses, I have come to the conclusion that although the agreement is not perfect, it is our best option to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East because if Iran complies, this agreement will ensure a nuclear-free Iran for the next 15 years.”
  • “We need to work with our allies on a long term strategy to ease tensions and prevent further hostilities in Iran. I am co-sponsoring a resolution to reassert Congress’ role in determining when or if we take retaliatory action. Cooler heads and common sense must prevail.” (twitter.com)

National Security: Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?    Unknown Position

  • “The President’s decision to withdraw from Northern Syria and abandon our Kurdish allies is disgraceful and deeply harmful to our national security. Not only does this open the door to ISIS regrouping and resuming its horrendous acts of violence, but it also sends the message that the United States will not stand by those who fight at our side. By leaving our Kurdish allies at the mercy of President Erdogan of Turkey, a leader with a clear track record of human rights abuses, we are betraying the ideals of our nation and the core principles that have long underpinned our national security strategy. There is simply no justification for this abrupt and startling abandonment of our responsibilities and principles. The American people will be less safe because of it.”
  • “Let’s face it; these terrorists have declared war on Western civilization and our very way of life. With the worldwide attention and support for defeating terrorism, America has a new opportunity to draw a line in the sand and lead a global coalition. If a strong global coalition is put in place, we can successfully combat terrorism and bring the terrorists responsible for these horrific crimes against humanity to justice.”
  • “These tools include counter-proliferation programs to keep weapons out of the hands of our enemies and intelligence and cyber security efforts to deter threats as soon as we learn about them. Al Qaeda and our enemies are constantly adapting, and I am committed to supporting our military and defense community in evolving to meet new threats.” (costa.house.gov)

Trade: Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?    Supports

  • “We’re all concerned about addressing imbalanced and unfair trade practices, which has to be our end-game. But we are losing this end-game. These tariffs are hurting the San Joaquin Valley and people across the nation, and it is only getting worse. We must stop this trade war before it reaches a point where it will have long-term damaging effects. Ultimately, we must work together for a resolution between the United States, Canada, Mexico, and our European and Pacific Rim allies for how to most effectively deal with China and other countries to ensure fair and balanced trade.”
  • “As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and a Representative from California where we export nearly half of our agricultural production, I welcome the announcement of tariff reductions for US agricultural exports to Japan. For too long, we’ve watched the other eleven TPP nations make deals that left us on the outside looking in, but this agreement will be a step toward regaining some of what we’ve lost.”
  • “Rather than waste more time and resources on temporary band-aids, USDA should focus on implementing the safety net Congress established in the farm bill. I urge the White House to rescind the tariffs and sit down in a constructive manner with the Chinese to address issues that will actually improve the market for our farmers. This just shows, as I’ve long said, nobody wins a trade war–everyone has leverage.”