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Rep. Castor Announces Selection of Community Priority Projects Including Skills Training for Good-Paying Jobs, Boosting Medical Research, and Lower Cost Clean Energy

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced her support for 15 community priority projects for consideration by the House Appropriations Committee in the upcoming fiscal year (FY23) budget. Rep. Castor is advocating for 15 Tampa Bay area projects based upon community support and pressing local needs – from skilled trades training to cancer screenings to initiatives to cut costs for neighbors an...

Rep. Castor Introduces Bill to Increase Children’s Access to Mental Health Services in Schools

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Our children are in crisis. It’s not a new problem, but one that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help address the significant shortage of mental health workforce providers for our nation’s children, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) has introduced the Advancing Student Services in Schools Today (ASSIST) Act. This bill would establish a new grant initiative at the Department of Health...

Rep. Castor Hails House Passage of Appropriations Package

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Today, Rep. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to pass vital federal funding that invests in the people and priorities of the Tampa Bay area and sends urgent humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine. “This bipartisan bill lowers costs for our neighbors and invests in good-paying jobs here in Tampa and across the country,” said Rep. Castor. “The important community projects included address some o...

Rep. Castor: Tampa Bay Students, Colleges and Universities Receive Historic Boost Under Democrats’ American Rescue Plan

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Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced that the landmark law has delivered $2.4 billion to Florida colleges, universities and students to help weather the Covid19 pandemic. Thanks to federal aid, Hillsborough Community College (HCC), the University of South Florida and other colleges were able to better weather the storm of the pand...

Rep. Castor Statement on President Biden’s Historic Build Back Better Framework

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“The Build Back Better Act will put our nation and our neighbors on a stronger, more prosperous path as we recover and rebuild from the Covid19 pandemic. As we Build Back Better, we will lift all of our neighbors by investing in families, our children, and our environment to lower costs for consumers, create family-sustaining jobs and grow our economy. This means providing universal, free preschoo...

Rep. Castor, FL Dems to Gov. DeSantis: Expedite Distribution of Federal K-12 Emergency Funding to School Districts

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) led Florida Congressional Democrats in urging Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to expeditiously distribute the $4.7 billion in federal COVID-19 aid to K-12 schools that they have had since March. The state has finally submitted its application for the remainder of American Rescue Plan ESSER, some $2.5 billion in funding today, t...

Rep. Castor Statement on U.S. Department of Education Support for Florida Students and Educators in Face of Penalties and Retribution by Governor

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s (U.S. ED) Office for Civil Rights’ investigation into whether the Florida Department of Education may be preventing school districts in the state from considering or meeting the needs of students with disabilities as a result of Florida’s mask opt-out policy in public schools. This week, the...

Rep Castor, Florida Delegation Democrats Urge the State of Florida to Immediately Distribute Available K-12 Emergency Funding, Again!

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) led all Congressional Florida Democrats in urging Governor Ron DeSantis and leaders in Tallahassee to immediately distribute billions in K-12 federal funding made available to the State through the American Rescue Plan. Florida’s students and public schools are in dire need of additional resources to operate safely, address student academic achievement, and kee...

Rep. Castor Votes to Pass Major Investments for Students, Health Care, Veterans and Nearly $11M in Funding for Tampa-Based Projects

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to pass H.R. 4502, a package of seven government funding bills, with investments to create good-paying American jobs, grow opportunity for the middle class and small businesses, and provide a lifeline for working families. The package also includes nearly $11M in funding that Rep. Castor championed for local projects. “As our economy recovers from the Cov...