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  • Rep. Castor’s Bipartisan Measure to Take Aim at the Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Travel, Tourism Jobs Passes House
    Posted in Press Release on November 17, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business, Legislation, Jobs & Economy

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s (FL14) bipartisan measure to study the impacts of COVID-19 on the bedrock tourism, travel and hospitality industries and provide immediate and long-term assistance for industry workers and small businesses passed the House of Representatives by voice vote as part of H.R. 8121 – Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act. “The bedrock tourism, travel and hospitality industries here in Tampa Bay and our neighbors who rely on those jobs need help from the devast... Read more

  • Castor, McKinley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Halt Flow of Opioids to Pill Mills
    Posted in Press Release on November 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Legislation, Protecting Consumers

    Today, U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa-FL14) and David McKinley (R-WV-01) introduced the Preventing Pill Mills Through Data Sharing Act to require drug wholesalers that ship opioid to drug stores and clinics to take greater responsibility for reporting suspicious quantities to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). This legislation builds on the work of Castor’s Using Data to Prevent Opioid Diversion Act, which was signed into law in 2018. “Far too many families in Florida and across the country co... Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Castor Applauds Hillsborough County and Local Partners for Delivering Emergency Federal CARES Act Funds to Hardest Hit
    Posted in Press Release on October 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Infrastructure, Veterans' Affairs, Small Business, Legislation, Jobs & Economy, Education, Protecting Consumers, Women

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the below statement following the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting detailing the ongoing allocation of local Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to serve the community. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package for states and local communities passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. “Hillsborough families, small businesses, first responders and frontline workers are s... Read more

  • Castor Statement on House Passage of Updated Heroes Act
    Posted in Press Release on October 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    “The House just passed the updated Heroes Act - emergency aid for children, families, frontline workers, small businesses, restaurants, schools, health care workers and more. “I urge my Senate colleagues to pass the Heroes Act and help us provide emergency home aid to those who are in need.” To address needs that have arisen since the House first acted, the updated $2.2 trillion legislation includes: Strong support for small businesses, by improving the Paycheck Protection Program to serve the s... Read more

  • Castor: Updated House Heroes Act Should Prod Senate to Act on COVID-19 Emergency Aid
    Posted in Press Release on September 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    “Following months of Senate inaction, House Democrats have released an updated proffer to ensure that needed federal emergency aid will again be made available for children, families, frontline workers, small businesses, restaurants, schools, health care workers and more. Our schools, neighbors, small businesses, airport and restaurant workers need help now. I will continue to fight every day to speed relief home as I did with the CARES Act. “Democrats are making good on our promise to compromis... Read more

  • Castor Introduces Legislation to Protect Children from Harmful Content on Internet
    Posted in Press Release on September 25, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Protecting Consumers

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the below statement following introduction of her Kids Internet Design and Safety (KIDS) Act, H.R. 8372: “As more and more children find themselves with access to smart devices, especially while many are learning virtually this fall, it is critical we take steps to protect them from harmful and damaging content online. That’s why I am proud to introduce the KIDS Act to implement key safeguards to protect young people’s wellbeing online and rein in the relen... Read more

  • Castor Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Posted in Press Release on September 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    Oh America, what a loss at this moment. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg worked to ensure that our daughters, all women and all Americans are treated equally. Her work ethic and unceasing commitment to “equal justice for all” breathed life into opportunities for people from all walks of life. Her loss leaves a gaping hole on our high court and in the soul of America, especially at this moment in history. In this moment of sorrow and uncertainty, we must commit, even in loss, that RBG’s work will ins... Read more

  • Castor Provides Update on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statue Headed to U.S. Capitol
    Posted in Press Release on September 17, 2020 | Preview rr

    “After years of work by so many, I am proud to share that Master Sculptor Nilda Comas is now able to travel to Pietrasanta, Italy and “put hammer to chisel to marble” on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s statue to represent Florida in the U.S. Capitol. Official word will soon be sent to the State of Florida, but the last preliminary step in the Architect of the Capitol Procedures and Guidelines for Replacement of Statues (the “Approval of Full-Size Clay Model and Pedestal Design, Including Proposed Insc... Read more

  • Rep. Castor Announces Nearly $50M in Grants for City of Tampa, Hillsborough County
    Posted in Press Release on September 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Infrastructure, Jobs & Economy

    Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced nearly $50M in the Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants, previously TIGER grants, for the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Castor advocated for these significant investments in our community, which will lead to more jobs and boost economic development. “The nearly $50M in federal BUILD grants that are on the way to Tampa and Hillsborough County will lift our neighborhoods, build mobi... Read more

  • Castor Announces Additional $3M CARES Act Emergency Aid to Assist Tampa Families
    Posted in Press Release on September 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Infrastructure, Legislation, Jobs & Economy

    U.S. Rep Kathy Castor (FL14) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded an additional $3,075,937 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the City of Tampa to bolster local coronavirus relief efforts. The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and follows $1,894,705 in CDBG funding that Castor announced on April 2. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package for states and local ... Read more