The U.S. State Department advised U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor yesterday that plans are underway to open more passport application acceptance facilities in Tampa and St. Petersburg to supplement the four acceptance facilities that operate in this region. This comes in response to concerns expressed by U.S. Rep. Castor about unacceptable customer wait times at the Tampa Airport Post Office after visiting the passport acceptance facility earlier this month.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) has nominated the great educator and visionary, Mary McLeod Bethune, to replace Confederate Gen. Kirby Smith, which currently represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announced that the City of St. Petersburg is recipient of two EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants totaling $400,000 to address several Brownfield sites within the Southside Community Redevelopment Area (CRA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With Florida leading the country in the number of reported Zika virus cases, today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa Bay) criticized the Republican leadership in Congress for not only delaying support to fight the spread of the virus that causes severe birth defects, but also for falling short of the needed funding for CDC and NIH prevention and treatments.
Today, U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced the Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act, legislation that will increase safety for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding and must take medication. This bipartisan solution will identify major research gaps involving pregnant and lactating women who take prescription medication, and detail ways to promote safer medications for them to use.
Please view letter sent today by members of the Florida’s Congressional Delegation to Gov. Rick Scott regarding the State of Florida’s Department of Health (FDOH) data on new HIV infections in the state.
Today U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) was joined by local public health experts, Hillsborough County Mosquito Control and Hillsborough County Healthy Start to rally the community to prepare and fight the Zika virus. U.S. Rep. Castor emphasized, “fighting Zika starts at home" as all speakers urged the public to take action now to prepare for the virus known to cause birth defects. U.S. Rep. Castor also highlighted a study earlier this year that found that Florida and other Gulf coast states are some of the most vulnerable parts of the continental United States for year-round incursion by the Zika. The virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito which can be found in warm weather climates.
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