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  • After months of pleas from experts and Florida leaders, Congress passes bill for Zika funding
    Posted in Press Release on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Legislation

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement and timeline relating to misplaced congressional priorities that led to the substantial delay in providing an emergency response to the Zika virus. The U.S. Congress finally passed $1.1 billion in emergency funding late last night, more than seven months after action was requested by President Obama. Read more

  • Congresista Castor anuncia subvencion de $6M para HCC
    Posted in En Espanol on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Jobs, Education

    La Congresista Kathy Castor anuncio ayer que aproximadamente $6 millones fueron asignados para aumentar las diferentes áreas educativas conocidas en sus siglas en inglés como STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), especialmente para los estudiantes Hispanos. Estos fondos del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos para Hillsborough Community College son para cinco años y es la inversión más grande en su historia en esta categoría. Asignado por el Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Program de parte del Departamento de Educación, HSI provee fondos para colegios y universidades para asistir en reforzar las académicas y expansión de oportunidades educativas para Hispanos y otros grupos minoritarios. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor announces $6M grant for HCC
    Posted in Press Release on September 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced nearly $6 million to boost Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education opportunities, especially for Hispanic-American students. The grant is for five-years from the U.S. Department of Education to Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and is the largest in its history in this category. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Program. HSI provides grant funding to colleges and universities to assist with bolstering academics to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor's statement on West Virginia v. EPA's oral Arguments
    Posted in Press Release on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor attended today's oral arguments in West Virginia v. EPA in which certain states, utilities and fossil fuel companies are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. “America needs to move toward clean, renewable energy sources now to slow climate change through policies that support renewable energy and limit carbon emissions. Climate change is very costly to Florida families, our economy and local communities. EPA is r... Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor announces $2.5M Job-Plus grant for Tampa Housing Authority
    Posted in Press Release on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announced that the Tampa Housing Authority and local partners received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant for $2.5 million to connect residents to education, training and jobs as part of the Jobs-Plus Initiative. The Tampa Housing Authority is one of only six recipients of the grant nationwide and the only Florida recipient. The Tampa Housing Authority will provide training in technical skills that is so important for landing a job. “We are hel... Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor announces $1.1M YouthBuild grant for Pinellas
    Posted in Press Release on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs, Equality for All, Education

    U.S. Rep. Castor announced a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Labor grant for CareerSource Pinellas’ YouthBuild, which gives youth seeking a second chance in life a bright and hopeful future by giving them the education and job training they need to turn their lives around. Read more

  • St. Petersburg's Rev. Clarence Williams leads in opening prayer for U.S. House of Representatives
    Posted in Press Release on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) and House Speaker Paul Ryan welcomed Rev. Clarence A. Williams, Pastor of Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E., of St. Petersburg, Fla. to the U.S. House of Representatives as Guest Chaplain. Rev. Williams opened today’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives by leading it in its opening prayer. U.S. Rep. Castor followed with remarks on House floor that highlighted Rev. Williams’ lifetime commitment to equal rights and economic opportunity for all our neighbors and especially Tampa Bay’s children. Below is video of Rev. Williams’ opening prayer as well as U.S. Rep. Castor’s remarks. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor urges more transparency with price hikes by drug manufacturers
    Posted in Press Release on September 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Legislation

    After calling for a congressional hearing last week on the outrageous cost increases by Mylan corporation for the price of the EpiPen, today U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) cosponsored bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address skyrocketing prescription drug price increases by corporations. The FAIR Drug Pricing Act would require basic transparency for pharmaceutical corporations that increase drug prices by more than 10 percent a year. Read more

  • TIA receives $5.3M DOT grant for airfield upgrades
    Posted in Press Release on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Infrastructure

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced today that Tampa International Airport received a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for important airfield upgrades. The new infrastructure dollars follow two other significant transportation announcements: New Tampa International Airport flights to Cuba and new, modern buses for HART. All are welcome news for hard-working families and businesses of Tampa Bay. Read more

  • Update on Funding to Fight Zika: House Republicans ignore pleas for a vote this week, fail to schedule vote next week
    Posted in Press Release on September 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    After returning from the longest summer recess in at least 60 years, House Republicans once again refused to address the public health threat of the Zika virus and announced they have no plans to take up a bill next week to address the fight against a growing outbreak. Read more