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  • U.S. Rep. Castor to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Florida Hospitals are Sounding the Alarm, More Testing Supplies Urgently Needed to Stop the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Posted in Press Release on July 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    As Floridians reel from consecutive record days in reported COVID-19 deaths and high positive test results, we continue to grapple with an alarming shortage of key components of COVID-19 testing – reagents. Providers are reporting serious shortages in reagent supplies. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) urged the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. to increase production and delivery of these critical supplies immediately and in ... Read more

  • Castor Statement on House Passage of Appropriations Bill to Serve Tampa + MacDill Families, Bolster Fight Against COVID-19
    Posted in Press Release on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted in support of a number of initiatives for Tampa Bay and MacDill Air Force Base in the FY2021 appropriations minibus, H.R. 7608. “Today’s funding bill reflects House Democrats’ values and priorities – support for our service members, veterans and their families, safeguarding our environment, providing food security for our neighbors, and reinstating funding for the worldwide fight against the coronavirus. The Trump Administration’s callous proposal to sl... Read more

  • Castor Applauds House Passage of Great American Outdoors Act
    Posted in Press Release on July 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) hailed House passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, one of Congress’ most significant investments in environmental conservation in a generation. “Since the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LCWF) was established by the Congress in 1965, America has preserved its most unique and beautiful lands and waters. I’m thrilled as a cosponsor of this landmark Act to take the next step for future generations and help communities become more resilient to the impacts... Read more

  • Castor Statement on House Passage of FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act
    Posted in Press Release on July 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the below statement following the passage of the bipartisan FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today in the U.S. House of Representatives: “Even in the midst of a global pandemic, our men and women in uniform at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and across the globe are bravely defending our nation and keeping us safe. MacDill and our service members are central to the economic well-being of the Tampa Bay area, and this year’s NDAA ensures that ... Read more

  • Castor Statement on Passing of Rep. John Lewis
    Posted in Press Release on July 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    Castor Statement on Passing of Rep. John Lewis “John Lewis devoted his life to justice and freedom in America. He encouraged us to live our highest ideals, achieve racial equality and guarantee the right to vote for all. “John was truly the ‘conscience of the Congress’ and led House Democrats in a sit in on the Floor of the House of Representatives following the Pulse Nightclub shooting. There was never a fight for justice, fairness and equality that John was not at the helm of. He dedicated his... Read more

  • Castor Announces $4M Grant to Provide Tampa Neighbors with a Record Reentry into Workforce
    Posted in Press Release on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced a $4 million federal grant to the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope to help double the initiative of improving the lives of youth and young adults who need extra focus and support to succeed on a productive path in life. Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor Statement on Passage of Transformational Infrastructure Legislation, the Moving Forward Act
    Posted in Press Release on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Infrastructure, Environment & Energy Independence, Legislation, Jobs & Economy

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted in support of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, House Democrats’ comprehensive legislation to invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis and addressing disparities in communities of color in Tampa and throughout the country. “Floridians understand transportation gridlock and crumbling infrastructure and know that we can create millions of jobs when we inve... Read more

  • Castor Champions Legislation to Strengthen Affordable Care Act, Lower Prescription Drug Costs
    Posted in Press Release on June 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to reduce health care costs and lower prescription drug prices as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, a legislative package that also provides a renewed financial path for the State of Florida to expand Medicaid as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many from their jobs and health insurance. “COVID-19 highlights the importance of affordable health care, treatments and access, and I will continue to stand up for my neighbors... Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor Statement on House Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
    Posted in Press Release on June 25, 2020 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor released the following statement after House passage of the historic George Floyd Justice in Policing Act today: “The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act of 2020 answers the widespread calls to reform police practices and tackle systemic racism across America. I have listened to my Tampa area neighbors and their calls for “justice” during marches, prayers and protests. Black lives matter, and I dedicate my vote to the generations of our Tampa neighbors who have suffered t... Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor Submits Public Records Act Request for State of Florida’s COVID-19 Testing Plan
    Posted in Press Release on June 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) renewed her demand for the release of the State of Florida’s COVID-19 Testing and Tracing Plan - this time through an official public records request under Chapter 119 of Florida Statutes. Castor previously requested Governor DeSantis release the plan three weeks ago, but has received no response. So, now Castor is following this legal course. The State was required to send Florida’s plan to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services before May 25, unde... Read more