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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 Statement on Gov. DeSantis’ Cruel Abortion Ban

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“This significant rollback and restriction is cruel and will prove costly to Florida families. Women, families and their doctors – not politicians – should determine the timing of childbirth, make their own personal reproductive health decisions and choose their pathways in life. Florida’s extreme abortion ban is also illegal under Roe v. Wade and the right to privacy under our state constitution....

Florida Dems to Gov. DeSantis: Plan Ahead Now to Keep Florida’s Children Insured and Lower Costs for Families

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor led all Florida Congressional Democrats in urging Governor Ron DeSantis to ensure that Florida does not see an unnecessary and harmful increase in children without health coverage when the public health emergency ends. Congress acted during the Covid19 pandemic to ensure that individuals on Medicaid would not lose health coverage, but as we emerge from the pandemic, a...

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 the DeSantis Administration’s Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Announcement

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“Once more, Governor DeSantis is pushing inaccurate and dangerous anti-vaccine policies that could put Florida children and families at risk. Dr. Ladapo, Florida’s Surgeon General, knows that children age 5-17 can avoid severe illness & hospitalization from Covid19 with the safe, effective vaccine & boosters. As we mark the solemn milestone of over 6 million lives lost to Covid19, Governor DeSanti...

Rep. Castor Statement on House Passage of Bill to Address Burn Pits and Connect 3.5M Toxic-Exposed Veterans with VA Health Care

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the below statement after H.R. 3967 – the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or Honoring our PACT Act, passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 256-174. This legislation will finally treat toxic exposure as a cost of war by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed veterans including access ...

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...

Rep. Castor Supports House Bills to Lower Costs and Increase Tampa Veterans’ Access to Education, Health Care

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) is taking action to lower costs and improve the lives of Tampa area veterans through support for H.R. 1836, the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act and H.R. 4673, the Ensuring Veterans' Smooth Transition (EVEST) Act. Both bills passed the House with bipartisan support. “The State of Florida is rich with veterans, including the Tampa Bay area which is home to the larg...