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Rep. Castor Statement on Bipartisan Discussion Draft of Privacy Legislation

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“This is a good day for parents, advocates and legislators who have been working to shore up online privacy protections for children. Americans expect their private information to be protected, and it is refreshing to see bipartisan work in Congress toward that goal. I am pleased to see important parts of my “Protecting the Information of our Vulnerable Children and Youth Act” (Kids PRIVCY Act) i...

House Passes Bill to Lower Costs, Stop Gas Price Gouging

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, which includes U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s (FL14) amendment with Rep. Val Demings (FL10) to investigate price manipulation in the gasoline market and work on a strategy to stabilize oil and gas prices during national crises. Video of Castor speaking on the House Floor in support of the legislation can be found ...

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 Statement on Veto of Harmful Anti-Solar Legislation

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It’s a bright day here in Florida – the voices of our neighbors won out with the governor’s veto of the anti-solar bill. Solar power is a cost-saver and job creator. Florida is blessed with abundant and affordable solar energy, and all Floridians should be able to access this renewable resource to help them save money on their electric bills, avoid the volatility of fossil fuel prices, and catalyz...

Rep. Castor Announces $300K Federal Grant to Grow Solar Jobs as fate of Florida’s Anti-Solar bill awaits Gov. DeSantis

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced a $300K community priority grant for the Urban League of Hillsborough County’s Hands Up Program to support workforce training and paid apprenticeship programs, including in solar installation. This announcement comes as the anti-solar bill that passed the Florida Legislature awaits its fate before Gov. DeSantis. The anti-solar bill would make it more ...

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 Statement on Vote to Support Ukraine and Ban Russian Oil and Gas Imports

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“Vladimir Putin will not win. America will stand up for the people of Ukraine and for freedom and democracy in Europe and across the globe. Following the historic and powerful sanctions imposed by President Biden to hold Putin and Russia accountable, I voted to ban Russian oil and gas imports and send support to people of Ukraine and their armed forces. Russia alone is responsible for the senseles...

Rep. Castor + Florida Congressional Dems Urge FL Legislature: Keep and Expand Low-Cost Solar Power in the Sunshine State

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Today, in response to the harmful and costly legislation moving through the Florida Legislature (SB 1024 and HB 741), U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) led Florida Democrats in urging state lawmakers to not raise costs on Florida families and business through legislation that would make it harder for homeowners and small businesses to install rooftop solar. Solar power is a cost-saver for Floridians a...

Rep. Castor: America COMPETES Act Passes the House

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act of 2022 out of the House today to accelerate U.S. production of critical semiconductor chips, strengthen supply chains to make more goods in America, turbocharge our research capacity, and advance our global competitiveness with strong lab...

A Record 2.7 Million Floridians Tap Lower Cost, Affordable Health Care for 2022

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Today, Rep. Kathy Castor announced that 2.7 million Floridians - a substantial increase over the 2.1 million Floridians last year - enrolled in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2022. Florida again led the nation as a record 14.5 million Americans signed up for an affordable health care plan through the ACA marketplace. Health care Navigators led by the University of South F...