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USDA secretary asked to help increase milk prices

Visalia Times Delta

A group of 61 members of the U.S. Senate and House have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to take action to raise prices dairies across the country are paid for their milk.

“We write today to express our concern about the troubling economic challenges facing U.S. dairy farmers and the entire U.S. dairy industry,” states the letter sent Thursday by lawmakers that included California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

Milk prices have been on a decline nationally since 2009, though they did peak briefly to record-high levels in 2014 before declining again.

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Congressman Jim Costa Announces Endowment at AUA


YEREVAN—Congressman Jim Costa from California’s 16th Congressional District toured the American University of Armenia (AUA) on July 20th, as part of a four-day visit to Armenia, which included meetings with Armenian lawmakers. Over 150 people joined US Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills and Honorary Consul of Armenia to Fresno Berj Apkarian in hearing Rep. Costa speak about US-Armenia relations and the role of AUA.

In his remarks, Rep. Costa proudly announced the establishment of an endowment at AUA by Fresno resident Edward Kashian, reflecting the close existing relationship between California State University, Fresno (CSU Fresno) and AUA. He also touched upon his efforts in Congress, the worldwide political climate, the 2016 US presidential election, the realities of today’s Armenian-American community in Fresno, as well as the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).

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Valley congressmen in competitive races flex fundraising muscle

The Fresno Bee

As the fall campaign season prepares to kick into high gear, incumbents in the central San Joaquin Valley’s two competitive congressional districts are in commanding financial positions.

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Johnny Tacherra back for third try at seat held by Jim Costa

The Fresno Bee

Johnny Tacherra advanced to a third try at Congress, highlighting the central San Joaquin Valley’s November congressional races that took shape Tuesday.

All five of the region’s incumbents had an easy time in the primary, which winnows the field to two regardless of party for the November general election.

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Rep. Costa makes run official in Merced announcement

Merced Sun Star

MERCED - Though it came as no surprise, Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, announced his intention on Thursday to run for another term for the 16th Congressional District seat.

The congressman made the announcement in Merced near the steps of the Courthouse Museum, where several dozen people gathered. His comments touched on water, education and immigration, issues he said the region needs to better handle to plan for the future.

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Jim Costa: Let’s get something done for Valley water

The Fresno Bee

Protecting and securing a reliable water supply in the San Joaquin Valley is arguably the most important issue facing our region. Job security and the future success of the Valley’s economy are directly dependent on our access to reliable and secure supplies of high-quality water.

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EDITORIAL: The Bee Recommends Renteria, Costa, Nunes, and Moore for Congress

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Costa presents Dos Palos World War II-era veteran with medals

At the end of the Second World War, many veterans just wanted to get home. Pedro “Pete” Cortez of Dos Palos was one of those veterans, and in his hurry to get back on American soil, he missed receiving medals he was due as part of the occupation of Japan after the war.

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Standing up for Kessab

As someone whose family has immigrated from Kessab, Syria, with friends and relations still there, I was heartened to see the strong statements from Congressmen Jim Costa and David Valadao strongly condemning the recent attacks against the civilian population by terrorists reportedly aided and abetted by Turkey.

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Flag flies proudly again

David Catano is a veteran of the Vietnam War. While serving his country, he was wounded and earned his Purple Heart. Upon returning home to Parlier, he was awarded the "veteran's preference points" for employment in the U.S. Postal Service, which gives preference in hiring to veterans seeking government jobs. Many do not know that the USPS employs 235,000 veterans.

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