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  • U.S. Rep. Castor Honors Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Calls for Restoration of Rights
    Posted in Press Release on August 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) honored the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (signed Aug. 6, 1965) with a visit to the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope, one of the many community organizations working on second chances for nonviolent ex-offenders. She talked to a group of students and young adults about the state of voting rights in America and Florida. U.S. Rep. Castor called on passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act to address the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder that weakened the federal Voting Rights Act. She also explained the urgent need to amend the Florida Constitution to restore the rights of nonviolent ex-offenders who suffer under Florida's rigid Jim Crow-style law that essentially bars rights restoration after completion of a sentence and probation. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor Introduces Legislation to Tackle America's Rising Student Debt
    Posted in Press Release on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) today filed the Student Loan Relief Act (H.R. 3390) to tackle America’s rising student debt, give working families a more affordable path for college and spur economic activity. U.S. Rep. Castor is offering the bill as the U.S. House version of the legislation filed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Read more

  • Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Reintroduce The ACE Kids Act
    Posted in Press Release on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    This news release was issued by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (TX6): WASHINGTON, D.C.: Today, Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2017 (ACE Kids Act), H.R. 3325. The ACE Kids Act will help improve the coordination of and access to high quality care to ensure optimal outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid, while assisting to contain costs. Other original cosponsors in the House include; Reps. Gene Green, Anna Eshoo, Dave Reichert, and Jaime Herrera Beutler. A similar bill, S. 428, was introduced in the Senate in February. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor urges bipartisan solutions on health care
    Posted in Press Release on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Legislation

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) issued the following statement after U.S. Senate Republicans failed to achieve the votes necessary to repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it: Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor opposes Smoggy Skies Act
    Posted in Press Release on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Energy Independence, Legislation

    Today U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) opposed the Smoggy Skies Act, the GOP’s attempts to shift polluter costs to consumers and gut the Clean Air Act. U.S. Rep. Castor urged commonsense clean air protections, including an amendment to fight against rolling back safeguards for children and families. U.S. Rep. Castor’s amendment upholds the promise of environmental justice to ensure all communities – especially those that are under-resourced – enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental a... Read more

  • Castor, Bilirakis Introduce Bill to Strengthen Medicare Fraud Penalties
    Posted in Press Release on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    This news release was issued by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12): Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) announced today that they introduced the bipartisan Medicare Civil and Criminal Penalties Update Act, H.R. 3245. This legislation cracks down on Medicare fraud and abuse by increasing civil and criminal fines. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor's Statement on the Passage of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act
    Posted in Press Release on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Infrastructure, Legislation, Military

    Today U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement regarding the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill passed the U.S. House today, 344-81. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor's Statement on the Latest Version of the Senate Trumpcare Bill
    Posted in Press Release on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Legislation

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement after today’s version of the U.S. Senate GOP Trumpcare bill was unveiled: “Unfortunately, the latest GOP Trumpcare bill is just as terrible as the previous version. The inclusion of the Cruz Amendment would inflict even greater suffering for Americans with pre-existing conditions – on top of an already brutal bill. Read more

  • The need to address the growing caregiving crisis with a coordinated national strategy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    America’s caregivers are finally getting the recognition they deserve, but their support and wages warrant a boost as well. Nationwide, we have more unpaid family caregivers than the population of California; the value of family caregiver hours is more than six times Medicaid expenditures for home and community-based services; and on average, family caregivers spend 20 percent of their total income on caregiving expenses. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor Offers Amendment to Prevent Rollback of Clean Air Act Protections
    Posted in Press Release on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Energy Independence

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), Vice Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, offered an amendment to H.R. 806, a Republican bill that proposes to roll back 50-year-old Clean Air Act protections. Read more