30 Jun

re: 22,000,000 American lives

Join us.

Add your name: tell Senate Republicans we need to protect affordable health care.



That’s how many American lives Senate Republicans were willing to put at risk by repealing the Affordable Care Act. And all to give the ultra-wealthy an unprecedented, massive tax cut.

To give you a sense of what “massive” looks like, the 400 richest families in the nation alone would get $33 billion in tax breaks — the equivalent of the amount the federal government spends on the Medicaid expansion in Alaska, Arkansas, Nevada, and West Virginia, which covers about 725,000 people in total.

It’s no wonder Republicans wrote this bill in secret, closed-door meetings and refused to hold any public meetings. It’s an absolute disgrace.

Even though Republicans have decided to delay voting to repeal our health care for now, you can bet they’ll be back after the July 4th recess.

We can stop this thing, but only if we join together and make sure the GOP knows we won’t stand for them taking away our health care. Join the hundreds of thousands of Democrats who’ve already signed on, and add your name to show the GOP they must reject the health care repeal:


Thank you so much.


Keith Ellison
Deputy Chair
Democratic National Committee

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30 Jun


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


For Immediate Release

June 28, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Former State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez Joins Far-Reaching Coalition Backing Senator Ricardo Lara for State Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA — Continuing to secure crucial support for his statewide campaign, today State Senator Ricardo Lara received a heavy-duty endorsement from California’s former State Assembly Speaker, Fabian Nunez.

Nunez, considered one of the state’s most respected and influential former legislative leaders, announced his backing of Lara’s statewide bid by remarking:

“Ricardo Lara is the manifestation of the California Dream. The son of immigrants, he’s grappled with many of the same life challenges that so many Californians face on a regular basis. Now, as a leader at the state level, he’s dedicated his career to giving back and improving the lives of others, bringing compassion, inclusivity and a progressive approach to everything he does. Ricardo is by far the best choice for State Insurance Commissioner and I’m pleased to give him my strong, wholehearted support.”

Today’s announcement follows the release of the Senator’s new digital video ad, titled, “Embolden,” which takes aim at Donald Trump’s backwards agenda and the President’s comments saying that “California is out of control,” by illustrating the sharp contrast between the Oval Office’s agenda and that of Lara’s.

To view the ad, click on the screen shot below:


Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • San Diego Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee

Organizations Representing Working People

  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)

For more information please visit


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27 Jun

22 million people, add your name

Join us.

Add your name: tell Senate Republicans we need to protect affordable health care.


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a speech President Obama gave last month about courage. He said that we can’t just expect the prominent and the powerful to have all of the courage to do what is right, but that each and every one of us has to have the courage within ourselves.

And he’s right — to do what is right, it’s going to take all of us digging deep and finding the courage to fight back.

We are at a defining moment in the history of this country. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are planning to vote on a bill that we now know will take health care away from 22 million people and make it harder for millions more to get the care they need if it becomes law. I expect they’ll put partisanship over patriotism and vote to undo the promise of affordable health care.

But even though we’re outnumbered, I know that we have the courage to stand up for what we believe in. And if we come together to fight back, we can kill this dangerous health care repeal once and for all.

Will you stand with Democrats today and fight to save affordable health care for all?

I know it may seem like a lot — but 22 million people are counting on us to have the courage to fight back and stop this bill.

Thanks for all you do,


Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee

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27 Jun

A matter of life or death

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Yet we fail to provide healthcare to all of our citizens.

Nearly every other developed country provides some sort of universal healthcare.

But Republicans here at home are determined to cut Social Security and Medicare for millions of Americans.

But Democrats are fighting back! They plan to introduce a ‘Medicare for All’ program that will help EVERY American get the health care they need.

Sign on to become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of Medicare for All!


Over 29 million Americans don’t have health insurance.

every American deserves health insurance — not just those who can afford it.

A ‘Medicare for All’ program will ensure every American has health care. Please sign on now and become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of ‘Medicare for All’:


Thank you for taking action,

Xavier Becerra for Attorney General


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27 Jun

Making America Sick Again


13 Republican Senators spent the last couple of months secretly crafting a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Unlike the ACA, which had over 100 hearings, Republican Senate leaders plan to jam this bill though in the next few days.

Will the bill reduce premiums?  No, the Senate Republican bill will cause premiums to increase.

Will the bill lower deductibles? No, the Senate Republican bill will cause increases in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs.

Will the bill result in more people having health insurance than do today? No, the Senate Republican bill will cause millions of Americans to lose their healthcare coverage.

Will this bill improve the health care of Americans?  No, the Senate Republican bill slashes federal funds for health care in order to fund a multi-billion tax break for the wealthiest 1% of Americans. It will harm millions of Americans, particularly children, older Americans, seniors in nursing homes, women, veterans, the disabled, those who rely upon Planned Parenthood and both low-income and middle-income families who will no longer be able to afford health care coverage.

The ACA repeal bill passed by House Republicans was terrible, but the Senate Republican proposal is even worse.  It not only repeals the ACA, it also eviscerates the federal commitment to Medicaid, a 52-year old program that 1 in every 3 Californians relies upon. Californians will lose $24 billion annually in federal assistance for their healthcare by 2027 under this bill.

The bill is opposed by the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP), the American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA) and a majority of Americans.

As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I know first hand how devastating this bill will be, reversing the progress we have made in insuring 5 million Californians previously without insurance. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris are leaders in the fight to defeat this bill and we need your help.

What can you do to stop this bill?

We need to convince at least 3 Senate Republicans to refrain from voting for this bill top stop it. Contact your friends and family who live in any of the states whose Senators are listed below and ask them to contact their Senator’s office today.

Even if they’ve reached out in the past, another call or email today can really make the difference.

And next, please make a call to each of the Senators listed below and ask them to vote against this bill that would take health care away from so many of their constituents and make it less affordable for many more. (Senate email contact pages generally don’t let you submit if you’re from outside the state, so phoning is the best way to get through).

Senator Susan Collins (Maine)



Phone: 202-224-2523

Senator Dean Heller (Nevada)



Phone: 202-224-6244

Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)



Phone: 202-224-6665

Senator Rob Portman (Ohio)



Phone: 202-224-3353

Senator Jeff Flake (Arizona)



Phone: 202-224-4521

Senator Shelly Moore Capito (West Virginia)



Phone: 202-224-6472

Thank you for helping to defeat this bill that would deprive millions of Americans of the health care they need.


Insurance Commissioner




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26 Jun

Fresno County Democratic Party Town Hall July 10 6:00 P.M.

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26 Jun

Working hard for our Valley

Dear Friends,

This past week in Washington, we in the House of Representatives passed legislation that would have a positive impact on the economy and the future of the San Joaquin Valley. I wanted to share how these bills could build a stronger Valley economy, strengthen our vibrant agricultural system, and improve future opportunities for Valley residents.

House Passes a Number of Bills Impacting the Valley

On Wednesday, I joined my House colleagues in supporting legislation that would reduce wildfires by streamlining the process for managing trees and vegetation growing near power lines, potentially preventing tragedies like the 2015 Butte fire from occurring in the Valley. We passed this bill, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, on a bipartisan basis by a vote of 300 to 118.

On Thursday the House passed the Strengthening Career Technical Education for the 21stCentury Act, which would help students across the country gain the skills and on the job training they need to find gainful employment and develop a career. Career Technical Education programs have been critical in increasing opportunity and growth in communities like the San Joaquin Valley. In Madera Unified School District alone there are twenty-two different career pathways in multiple industries that provide education and real experience for students to take advantage of.

The House also passed the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act on Thursday. I spoke on the House floor to urge my colleagues to both support the legislation and Representative LaMalfa’s amendment. The bill proposes a method for expediting the permit process for water storage projects, and Rep. LaMalfa’s amendment allows State-led water storage projects – such as our California project at Temperance Flat – to also use this process. While not perfect, this bill is a good first step in providing timelines for certainty of water storage projects and planning for our future water needs in California. I hope the Senate will move quickly to pass these bills and we will see them signed into law soon.

Rep. Costa speaks on the House floor on reforming the water project permitting process

Discussion with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke 

On Thursday, new Secretary of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke, appeared before the House Natural Resources Committee to discuss the new priorities of the Department and its sub-agencies under the Trump Administration and the President’s budget proposal. The cuts proposed in the President’s budget are deeply concerning because they impact a wide variety of agencies whose work affects all Americans, including cuts to National Park Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and research on energy conservation, climate change, and water conservation and weather forecasting. During the hearing I asked Secretary Zinke explicitly about the Department’s implementation of the WIIN Act, the first comprehensive water legislation in decades which Congress passed with my strong support at the end of 2016. Proper implementation of this law is important to improving long-term water security in the Valley. To view my interaction with Secretary Zinke, please click on the link below.

Rep. Costa discusses water challenges to California with Interior Secretary Zinke

Supporting our Valley’s Small Businesses

Small businesses are the engine that drive our nation’s economy, and it is critical that Congress work to improve conditions to help small businesses grow and thrive. Helping small businesses grow to get our economy moving again is one of my top priorities as a member of Congress. To that end, I recently joined as a cosponsor of the Investing in America’s Small Businesses Act. This bill would extend affordable credit to more small businesses in underserved communities by increasing access to microloan funding, which helps expand business operations and provide critical technical support to business owners. It would also provide grants to establish loan-loss reserve funds, which help Community Development Financial Institutions leverage private investment to provide the funding necessary for businesses to grow. I hope to see this bill voted on in the House of Representatives and taken up in the Senate later this year.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page andtwitter account.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


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