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Investing in our inventors

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Scientific discoveries and inventions in America’s college campus labs are accelerating modern technological progress at an astounding rate. Look at the advancements in 3-D printing, environmentally-friendly manufacturing, genomics and more. Universities and non-profit research institutions are the bedrock for our nation’s innovative work and progress. In 2014 alone, nearly 6,500 U.S. Utility Patents were granted to academic inventors around the world, according to a report by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

To combat Islamic State, strengthen Special Forces and insist on more help from other nations

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To combat the ever-evolving terrorist threat, our military must have the flexibility to adapt to the tactics of the radical jihadis, and the Global Coalition to Counter IS must contribute more to the effort. Specifically, America’s Special Forces must have the most modern intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools to battle terrorist extremists and to keep us safe.

Honor their service and preserve their memories

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By U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, published in The Tampa Tribune on May 25, 2015. Every generation of American service men and women defines the courage and determination of our nation. Salutes to the Greatest Generation are especially poignant this year as we recognize the 70th anniversary of World War II Victory in Europe (V-E) Day and the 70th anniversary of Victory in Japan (V-J) Day. The Greatest Ge...

Congress' delays on the infrastructure must end

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By U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 22, 2015. America must move beyond the transportation gridlock and address its crumbling infrastructure. Yet Congress is poised to kick the can down the road again, while you sit in traffic, flights are delayed, transit systems await repairs and America stays stuck in neutral. We should all be frustrated that Congress will fail to ...

Energy efficiency saves money, creates jobs

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Florida investor-owned electric companies recently asked the Public Service Commission to "free" them from energy efficiency and conservation standards. Such an anti-consumer move would be misguided.

Keep eye out for insurance rebates, but beware new unregulated rates

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By U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor published in The Tampa Tribune on July 31, 2014 You and your employer should check the mailbox this summer for health insurance rebate checks. For the third year in a row, rebate checks from health insurance companies are on their way to customers. This is thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to spend the majority of premiums — at least ...

Haley’s rehab center shows our continuing commitment to troops

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By U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, published in The Tampa Tribune on Memorial Day 2014 The Tampa Bay community is well known for taking care of America’s heroes and veterans. We are united in our passion that the brave men and women who protect America receive the top-quality medical care they have earned when they return home. The recent opening of the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at the James ...

Celebrate the opening of Tampa’s missing link

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The Tampa Bay area is moving now. That’s right — the Interstate 4/Selmon Expressway Connector will open soon to the delight of commuters, port businesses and Ybor City enthusiasts. The massive infrastructure project failed to get off the ground until the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gave the project new life.