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  • Energy efficiency saves money, creates jobs
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on August 4, 2014 | Preview rr

    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. Read more

  • Keep eye out for insurance rebates, but beware new unregulated rates
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Protecting Consumers

    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 80 percent — directly on medical costs rather than administrative costs, such as executive salaries,... Read more

  • Haley’s rehab center shows our continuing commitment to troops
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans' Affairs

    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 A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa is another monumental step toward that goal. The polytrauma uni... Read more

  • Celebrate the opening of Tampa’s missing link
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 3, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Infrastructure, Economy

    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. Read more

  • The Way Out of Washington Dysfunction
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Legislation

    Jobs, education, innovation and infrastructure are at the heart of a path forward to end the government shutdown and build long-term economic opportunities for Americans. Democrats have proposed a balanced approach that charts a sustainable course for middle-class families, and we are eager for solutions and a long-term budget. Read more

  • Protection from Identity Thieves
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 7, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Legislation, Protecting Consumers

    By Rep. Dennis Ross and Rep. Kathy Castor Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 7, 2013 Read more

  • What I learned from my trip to Cuba
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba Relations

    The flight from Florida to Cuba is a little over an hour, yet the countries remain a world apart. Read more

  • Keeping Tampa a 'tanker town'
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military

    A united Tampa Bay community recently kicked off our "MacDill Means Mobility" campaign to highlight the strengths of MacDill Air Force Base to national policymakers. Read more

  • Seeking equal opportunities in surgery
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 22, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Equality for All

    In 2009, Tampa surgeon Dr. Sharona Ross launched the Women in Surgery initiative at the University of South Florida. Ross was troubled that so few bright, motivated female medical school students chose surgery as their specialty area. She is committed to turning that around. Read more

  • Special Operations and Forces Indeed
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 13, 2011 | Preview rr

    When Special Operations forces brought Osama bin Laden to justice in an obscure Pakistani compound, commanders and personnel at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa had every right to be proud. Read more