Jim Costa (CA-20)

Background:
  • Official Website
  • First elected in 2004
  • Washington Office Phone #: (202) 225-3341
The Myth:
  • "Today, members of the fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition honored California Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) for his leadership in restoring fiscal responsibility and accountability to the federal government." - statement on Costa's official website on April 30, 2008 (Source)
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  • "As a leading member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Representative Costa has played a major role in putting our country back on track to economic stability after years of reckless fiscal practices by President Bush and the Republican majority in Congress," said Representative Mike Ross, Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications. - Press statement, April 28, 2008 (Source)
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  • "Costa is a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition." - Rep. Jim Costa's official website (Source)

The Truth:X=Fiscally Irresponsible
ISSUE   FACT
Votes with Pelosi on economic issues X 92%
Votes to keep PAYGO rules X 8%
RePORK Card Score X 0%
On Obamacare X Voted YES
Repeal ObamaCare's Individual Mandate? X Voted NO
On Cap and Trade   Voted NO
On Stimulus X Voted YES
On TARP X Voted YES
On Repealing TARP X Voted NO
On Obama Budget X Voted YES
On Cash for Clunkers X Voted YES
On Auto Bailout X Voted YES
On Fannie/Freddie Bailout X Voted YES

The Bottom Line:

Costa is another California Liberal whose record is indistinguishable from Pelosi's except for a handful of votes.