Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announced that Tampa was selected as one of only 27 communities nationwide to participate in ConnectHOME, which promotes locally tailored solutions to help bridge the gap in digital access for working-class households by addressing the barriers they have to high-speed broadband.
The historic nuclear disarmament agreement announced today between the United States, Iran, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the European Union requires thorough review and analysis over the coming weeks. My overriding concern is whether or not the agreement is in the national security interest of the United States. Iran must be blocked from proceeding any further towards developing a nuclear weapon. Aggressive, enforceable restrictions and thoroughly transparent inspections at any time are fundamental to approval of such an agreement. I have no illusions about the dreadful record and conduct of the Iranian regime, or the destabilizing influence Iran continues to have in the region. No matter what, all options must remain on the table in case Iran deviates from the terms of this agreement in any way.
Today, U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor (FL-14) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) called for equal pay for women including female U.S. athletic champions like the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. Reps. Castor and Maloney filed a congressional resolution calling for a sense of Congress on the matter. As Women’s World Cup champions, FIFA will award $2 million to the U.S. team, while the winners of the 2014 Men’s World Cup were awarded $35 million.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives will consider the harmful Republican education overhaul that undermines the commitment to a quality education for all students across America. Republicans propose to slash overall education funding, including an unconscionable diversion of funds from working-class students to wealthier school districts -- perpetrating a reverse Robin Hood on the most disadvantaged children. Indeed, Hillsborough County Public Schools stands to lose $3.6 million in Title I funding this year alone, according to a White House report. Overall, the Republican bill proposes to slash an estimated $437 million from Florida public schools over the coming years.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor released the statement below following today’s announcement that BP agreed to a tentative settlement of $18.7 billion for claims resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster:
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL) released the statement below following President Barack Obama’s announcement today to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopen embassies:
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court today issued its opinion regarding the same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges:
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL) sent the attached letter to James A. Haley VA Hospital regarding recent media reports of rodents and pests in the hospital’s food service areas.
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