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ANCA Report Card: 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Jim Costa

D- California
District 16

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Voted for the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res. 296? Yes
Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.296? Yes
Cosponsored the Artsakh Recognition Resolution, H.Res.1203? Yes
Cosponsored the Resolution Condemning the Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks, H.Res.1165? Yes
Cosponsored the U.S.-Artsakh Travel and Communication Resolution, H.Res.190? Yes
Cosponsored the Resolution Reaffirming the US-Armenia Strategic Relationship (H.Res.452)? Yes
Cosponsored the 2020 Speier-Cox Amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill for Continued U.S. Aid to Artsakh? Yes
Voted for the 2019 Speier Amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill Calling for $40 Million in Aid to Armenia? Yes
Voted for the 2019 Sherman Amendment to the NDAA against Azerbaijani Threats to Shoot Down Civilian Aircraft? Yes
Signed the 2020 Armenian Caucus Letter Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? Yes
Signed the 2020 Cox-Sherman-Costa-Clark Letter Calling for Sanctions on Azerbaijan for War Crimes? Yes
Signed the 2020 Speier Letter Against the Anti-Armenian Chabot-Cohen Amendment to NDAA? Yes
Signed the Armenian Caucus Letter Condemning the Azerbaijan War Games in May, 2020? Yes
Signed the 2019 Sherman-Cox Letter to Continue US Aid for Artsakh De-Mining? Yes
Signed Letters Supporting Pro-Armenian Foreign Aid Priorities in 2019/2020? Yes
Signed the 2020 Titus Letter urging the Library of Congress to properly categorize the Armenian Genocide? Yes
Signed the 2019 Armenian Genocide Letter to the President? Yes
Signed the 2020 Crenshaw Letter to Block Erdogan’s Visit to DC? Yes
Issued a 2020 Statement Calling for Artsakh Recognition? No
Issued a 2020 Statement Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? Yes
Issued an April 24th Statement Marking the Armenian Genocide in 2019/2020? Yes
Commemorated the Sumgait-Baku-Kirovabad Pogroms in 2019/2020? Yes
Offered Remarks in 2019/2020 making false Khojaly accusations? No
Traveled to Armenia and/or Artsakh in 2019/2020? No
Member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues? Yes


07/29/20 - Rep. Costa tweeted "It is disheartening to see a hate crime committed on the campus of an elementary school and community center. These acts of aggression have no place in our country. I stand with the Armenian community today and every day in calling for peace." View the tweet here.

07/28/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "It is disheartening to see a hate crime committed on the campus of an elementary school and community center. These acts of aggression have no place in our country. I stand with the Armenian community today and every day in calling for peace." View the Facebook post here.

07/28/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "It is disheartening to see a hate crime committed on the campus of an elementary school and community center. These acts of aggression have no place in our country. I stand with the Armenian community today and every day in calling for peace." View the Facebook post here.

07/24/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "This funding is more critical now than ever before to ensure the safety of the Armenian people. The recent violence along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has been a terrible reminder of the danger Armenians are faced with every day. I’m proud to support this amendment and solidify U.S. global leadership in efforts to promote peace and stability in the region." View the Facebook post here.

07/24/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "This funding is more critical now than ever before to ensure the safety of the Armenian people. The recent violence along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has been a terrible reminder of the danger Armenians are faced with every day. I’m proud to support this amendment and solidify U.S. global leadership in efforts to promote peace and stability in the region." View the Facebook post here.

07/24/20 - Rep. Costa tweeted "This funding is more critical now than ever before to ensure the safety of the Armenian people. The recent violence along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border has been a terrible reminder of the danger Armenians are faced with every day. I’m proud to support this amendment and solidify U.S. global leadership in efforts to promote peace and stability in the region." View the tweet here.

07/22/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "The recent escalation at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border has put too many innocent lives at stake. Azerbaijan must be held accountable for its action." View the Facebook post here.

07/15/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "Azerbaijan's violation of the ceasefire once again delays the progress towards peace for Nagorno-Karabakh. In midst of a global pandemic, where supplies and resources are low, it is critical now more than ever Azerbaijan be held accountable for its disgraceful actions. I support re-examining our military aid to Azerbaijan immediately." View the Facebook post here.

07/15/20 - Rep. Costa tweeted "Azerbaijan's violation of the ceasefire once again delays the progress towards peace for Nagorno-Karabakh. 1/2 In midst of a global pandemic, where supplies and resources are low, it is critical now more than ever Azerbaijan be held accountable for its disgraceful actions. I support re-examining our military aid to Azerbaijan immediately. 2/2" View the tweet here.

04/24/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "Today I join the Armenian community in commemorating the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Sadly, this atrocity has had lasting impacts that have rippled through generations. Let us use this is a time to reflect and both honor those lost in this horrific tragedy and celebrate the resilient spirit of the Armenian people. We must never forget." View the Facebook post here.

02/13/20 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "The Armenian people continue to make sacrifices for the right to self-determination. We must never let up so that human rights are recognized." View the Facebook post here.

02/13/20 - Rep. Costa tweeted "The Armenian people continue to make sacrifices for the right to self-determination. We must never let up so that human rights are recognized. "US Representatives Rally for Artsakh Aid at Capitol Hill Commemoration of 30th Anniversary of Baku Pogroms"" View the tweet here.

12/12/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "Pleased to see that my colleagues in the Senate just voted to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. Only through acknowledging the suffering of these victims can we ensure future generations never forget." View the Facebook post here.

12/12/19 - Rep. Costa tweeted "Pleased to see that my colleagues in the Senate just voted to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. Only through acknowledging the suffering of these victims can we ensure future generations never forget." View the tweet here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "I stand with the Armenian community in my district and across the country on this historic day. The brutal atrocity that is the Armenian Genocide has not received the recognition it deserves. By acknowledging the suffering of these victims, we can ensure future generations never forget." View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Costa tweeted "I stand with the Armenian community in my dist. and across the country on this historic day. The brutal atrocity of the Armenian Genocide has not received the recognition it deserves. By acknowledging the suffering of these victims, we can ensure future generations never forget." View the tweet here.

10/16/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "Turkey’s continuing actions against the Kurds in Northern Syria are appalling and unjustifiable. This week I supported bipartisan legislation to confront the Administration and Turkey on this important issue. Here is my official statement:" View the Facebook post here.

10/07/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "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." View the Facebook post here.

09/11/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "Fresno is known by the Armenian community as the land of William Saroyan. Yesterday, a constituent of mine stopped by my D.C. office and gifted me one of Saroyan's books: "My Name is Aram." I love being visited by my constituents when they travel to our nation’s capital." View the Facebook post here.

08/08/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "I was deeply troubled by the decision made by USAID to end critical American investment in Artsakh. The work done by the HALO Trust has saved countless lives and made the goal of a mine-free Artsakh closer to becoming reality. Because of past investments made by the United States, the citizens of Artsakh have peace of mind free from worry of explosive landmines. I am pleased to see the swift-action taken by my colleagues and pledge to continue to work to restore funding for this valuable program." View the Facebook post here.

08/08/19 - Rep. Costa tweeted "I was troubled by the decision made by USAID to end American investment in Artsakh. HALO Trust has saved countless lives and made the goal of a mine-free Artsakh closer to reality. I pledge to continue working to restore funding for this program." View the tweet here.

04/26/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "President Erdogan’s statement on the the Armenian Genocide is false based on modern day historical facts. Scores of international organizations from the United Nations to the European Union have gone on record as officially recognizing 1.5 million Armenian lives lost from 1915 to 1923. We must not allow the authoritarian president of Turkey, who is violating human rights, freedom of religion and a free press, to rewrite history. I grew up in the land of William Saroyan - Fresno, California - and know first hand of the stories parents and grandparents told their children of loved ones that perished at the hand of the Ottoman Empire, in what is now modern day Turkey." View the Facebook post here.

04/26/19 - Rep. Costa tweeted "President Erdogan’s statement on the the Armenian Genocide is false. We must not allow the authoritarian president of Turkey, who is violating human rights, freedom of religion and a free press, to rewrite history" View the tweet here.

04/25/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "I had the honor of speaking at two events in Fresno to commemorate the Armenian Genocide: first at City Hall and tonight at Fresno State. It’s important we learn from the atrocities of the past so they are never repeated. I stand with the Armenian people and I celebrate their resilience." View the Facebook post here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "I stand with the Armenian people to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and celebrate the Armenian spirit." View the Facebook post here.

03/19/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "We must remain committed to strengthening the cease-fire in Artsakh and removing the barriers to dialogue." View the Facebook post here.

03/19/19 - Rep. Costa tweeted "We must remain committed to strengthening the cease-fire in Artsakh and removing the barriers to dialogue." View the tweet here.

03/17/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "It was a pleasure to welcome Armen Baibourtian, the Consul General of the Republic of Armenia, to Fresno. I am honored to represent one of the oldest and proudest Armenian communities in the United States." View the Facebook post here.

01/23/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "It was great to meet with #Armenian Ambassador to the U.S. -- Varuzhan Nersesyan -- this morning. The people of #Armenia have made significant contributions to the Valley and across the world, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the U.S.-Armenia relationship. ANCA Embassy of Armenia to the United States" View the Facebook post here.

01/23/19 - Rep. Costa tweeted "It was great to meet w/ #Armenian Ambassador to the U.S., Varuzhan Nersesyan, this morning. The people of #Armenia have made significant contributions to the Valley & across the world, & I look forward to continuing to strengthen the U.S.-Armenia relationship.@ANCA_DC @armembusa" View the tweet here.

01/22/19 - Rep. Costa posted the following to Facebook: "Share to spread the word -- Fresno State will hold the international premier of the new documentary on #WilliamSaronyan, #Fresno's native son who played a significant role in our Valley, literary, and international #Armenian communities: -FREE Admission -This Friday at 7:30pm -Presented by Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State in conjunction with The William Saroyan House-Museum For more information on the event: https://fresnostatecah.com/2019/01/17/lights-camera-saroyan-documentary-on-william-saroyan-to-have-international-premiere-at-fresno-state/" View the Facebook post here.

01/22/19 - Rep. Costa tweeted "@Fresno_State to hold international premier of documentary on #WilliamSaronyan, #Fresno native who played a key role in Valley, literary, & #Armenian communities: FREE Admission - THIS Fri. - Held by @armstudiesfs in conjunction w/ @Saroyan_house" View the tweet here.

11/01/18 - Rep. Costa tweeted "It was great to see so many members of our community at this afternoon's #Armenian luncheon at #Fresno's Holy Trinity. I always enjoy the chance to visit w/ friends & neighbors, celebrate our Valley's diverse culture, & eat delicious food. Thanks to all who made today possible!" View the tweet here.

10/04/18 - Rep. Costa tweeted "I was honored to join the #Armenian community in welcoming President Sarkissian to D.C. this summer. #Armenia's ongoing peaceful democratic transitions are full of hope & the strong Armenian spirit. I look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship b/t our nations." View the tweet here.
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