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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s statement on first regular commercial flight today between Tampa and Cuba

| Posted in Press Release

“New commercial airline service between Tampa and Cuba marks another important milestone for families on both sides of the Florida Straits. I am proud that the Tampa community has been at the forefront of positive change in America’s relationship with the Cuban people. We must turn the page on the Cold War policies of the past and build new bridges to jobs and economic opportunities for Tampa residents and the Cuba people. The regular Southwest Airline flight from Tampa International Airport is the culmination of years of advocacy with the Obama Administration. The flight is affordable and will connect families, students, cultural institutions at a pivotal time in the history of U.S./Cuba relations.”

Statement by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14):

| Posted in Press Release

“Cuban families and small business owners are eager to accelerate economic and human rights reforms and America must continue to support them, especially Tampa Bay area community leaders who have been at the forefront of progress and change.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s statement following President’s remarks this morning

| Posted in Press Release

“I just witnessed President Obama's historic speech in Cuba. We believe the best way to promote our shared values in regards to Cuba and throughout the world is through engagement. As President Obama said here at the beginning of his speech regarding the terrorist attacks in Brussels, ‘We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.’