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Rep. Kathy Castor Statement on Passing of Florida State Representative Betty Reed

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“I join countless Floridians in mourning the passing of my friend and former State Representative Betty Reed. She exemplified the best of public service – she was an active parent while her beloved children attended school, serving in the Parent Teacher Association, the Hillsborough County Council of PTSA and the Florida State PTA. This important work spurred her to complete her own high school d...

House Passes Bill to Lower Costs, Stop Gas Price Gouging

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, which includes U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s (FL14) amendment with Rep. Val Demings (FL10) to investigate price manipulation in the gasoline market and work on a strategy to stabilize oil and gas prices during national crises. Video of Castor speaking on the House Floor in support of the legislation can be found ...

Rep. Castor Announces Selection of Community Priority Projects Including Skills Training for Good-Paying Jobs, Boosting Medical Research, and Lower Cost Clean Energy

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced her support for 15 community priority projects for consideration by the House Appropriations Committee in the upcoming fiscal year (FY23) budget. Rep. Castor is advocating for 15 Tampa Bay area projects based upon community support and pressing local needs – from skilled trades training to cancer screenings to initiatives to cut costs for neighbors an...

Rep. Castor Introduces Bill to Increase Children’s Access to Mental Health Services in Schools

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Our children are in crisis. It’s not a new problem, but one that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help address the significant shortage of mental health workforce providers for our nation’s children, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) has introduced the Advancing Student Services in Schools Today (ASSIST) Act. This bill would establish a new grant initiative at the Department of Health...

First Focus Lauds Rep. Castor's ASSIST Act

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Bill makes schools central to battling crisis among kids WASHINGTON, May 10, 2022 — Strengthening the role of schools in mental health promotion, prevention and intervention is key to battling the mental health crisis afflicting our nation’s children, experts said during First Focus on Children’s Kids and COVID Conversation Series. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) have intr...

Rep. Castor Statement on Veto of Harmful Anti-Solar Legislation

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It’s a bright day here in Florida – the voices of our neighbors won out with the governor’s veto of the anti-solar bill. Solar power is a cost-saver and job creator. Florida is blessed with abundant and affordable solar energy, and all Floridians should be able to access this renewable resource to help them save money on their electric bills, avoid the volatility of fossil fuel prices, and catalyz...

Bipartisan legislation to support women business owners passes U.S. House of Representatives

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Issued by the Centre for Women, Inc. on 04/27/2022 The House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan Women’s Business Centers Improvement Act, which would increase access to resources and opportunities for female entrepreneurs across the nation including Tampa Bay. U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (D-KA) reintroduced this bill in January along with U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney (R-NY) ...

Rep. Kathy Castor, WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil Celebrate Back-to-Back Stanley Cup Champs TB Lightning at White House

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) was joined by hometown hero and WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil as the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, were honored at the White House. Pictures of their White House visit can be found here. “What’s better than celebrating the Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory at the White House? Celebrating back-to-back Stanley Cup wins at the White Hou...

Rep. Castor Announces $300K Federal Grant to Grow Solar Jobs as fate of Florida’s Anti-Solar bill awaits Gov. DeSantis

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced a $300K community priority grant for the Urban League of Hillsborough County’s Hands Up Program to support workforce training and paid apprenticeship programs, including in solar installation. This announcement comes as the anti-solar bill that passed the Florida Legislature awaits its fate before Gov. DeSantis. The anti-solar bill would make it more ...

Rep. Castor Statement on Gov. DeSantis’ Cruel Abortion Ban

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“This significant rollback and restriction is cruel and will prove costly to Florida families. Women, families and their doctors – not politicians – should determine the timing of childbirth, make their own personal reproductive health decisions and choose their pathways in life. Florida’s extreme abortion ban is also illegal under Roe v. Wade and the right to privacy under our state constitution....

Rep. Castor Votes for New Aid for Tampa Restaurants and Small Businesses Previously Left Out

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to secure urgently needed relief for small businesses in the Tampa Bay area. The Relief for Restaurants & Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act will deliver $55 billion to replenish funding for Florida restaurants and establish a new program supporting other small businesses impacted by the pandemic. To date, Castor has secured historic support for small bu...

Rep. Castor Statement on Historic Confirmation of SCOTUS Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson arrives on the U.S. Supreme Court at a pivotal moment when her intellect and skill are needed to fairly tackle cases involving equal rights, clean air, the costly climate crisis, and personal privacy and autonomy. She is eminently qualified to do so. Floridians can take great pride in the fact that she hails from the Sunshine State and has won the confidence of a bro...

Rep. Castor votes to lower insulin costs

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Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) took action to lower costs for families by voting for the passage of the Affordable Insulin Now Act. “One of the most important ways to cut costs for American families is through reigning in the high cost of prescription drugs, especially the high cost of insulin. Good news – the Affordable Insulin Now Act lowers insulin prices so that Americans with diabet...

Sickles HS student artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced the winners of her annual Congressional Art Competition at the Tampa Museum of Art where high school students from across Hillsborough County competed for a spot to showcase their work in the U.S. Capitol. This year, Sraddha Karthik, Sickles High School junior, claimed the top prize with her graphite drawing “Pensive Gaze” created with intricacy and precisio...

Florida Dems to Gov. DeSantis: Plan Ahead Now to Keep Florida’s Children Insured and Lower Costs for Families

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor led all Florida Congressional Democrats in urging Governor Ron DeSantis to ensure that Florida does not see an unnecessary and harmful increase in children without health coverage when the public health emergency ends. Congress acted during the Covid19 pandemic to ensure that individuals on Medicaid would not lose health coverage, but as we emerge from the pandemic, a...