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U.S. Rep. Castor to DeSantis: Release State Testing Plan to Protect Floridians and Ensure Transparency
June 1, 2020
Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) wrote Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to release a COVID-19 testing plan that was required by Congress. The State of Florida’s testing plan was due to HHS 30 days after enactment of H.R. 266- the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The bill was signed into law on April 24, 2020. “Your efforts to proceed with reopening must be based on good science and public health recommendations, and be transparent for Floridians and policymakers t... More
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U.S. Rep. Castor Champions Tampa Small Businesses, and Votes for PPP Lifeline, Transparency and Flexibility
May 28, 2020
U.S. Rep. Castor championed new legislation designed to provide a more flexible lifeline to small businesses that are trying to survive and provide for their families and employees. H.R. 7010- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020 passed the House this afternoon. The Senate should be urged to take up and pass the House bill with alacrity in order to rush help to our small businesses in dire need. The original PPP was included in the CARES Act to speed emergency resources to s... More
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U.S. Rep. Castor Demands Answers from DeSantis, Rivkees on Removal of Florida’s COVID-19 Data Chief
May 19, 2020
Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) urged Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Scott Rivkees to provide answers regarding the apparent firing of Rebekah Jones, the geographic information system manager for Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, who manages the State’s Coronavirus data portal. “Amidst pressure to “reopen” the state regardless of data and science, transparency is vital to keeping our neighbors safe and ensuring that they have confidence tha... More
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U.S. Rep. Castor Statement on House Passage of Fifth Congressional COVID-19 Emergency Aid Package- the Heroes Act
May 15, 2020
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor released the following statement after House passage of the Heroes Act. The Heroes Act is the fifth coronavirus aid emergency package passed by the House of Representatives. “The Heroes Act will speed much-needed assistance to Tampa Bay area frontline heroes, communities and families. Many of our neighbors are hurting. They need assistance with day-to-day realities like paying the rent, taking care of children and putting food on the table. The Heroes Act will help. “As st... More
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Castor, Bipartisan Members of Florida Delegation Urge DeSantis to Safeguard 2020 Elections, Accept $20m in CARES Act Funds Allocated for Election Assistance
May 9, 2020
This week, a bipartisan group of Florida Members joined U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) to direct Governor Ron DeSantis to pull down funds to safeguard the 2020 elections that were provided by Congress in the CARES Act. The funds are to help Florida ensure safe and robust efforts in spite of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for a safe and successful 2020 election cycle. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. “Voting is... More
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