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Reps. Castor, Garbarino Reintroduce Bipartisan Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act

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Today, U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor (FL14) and Andrew Garbarino (NY02) reintroduced the bipartisan Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act. This legislation would provide immediate access to support and medical care for individuals with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) who already qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and are therefore eligible for Medicare. Under current…

Rep. Castor: GOP Big Oil Giveaway Bill is Bad for Consumers and Bad for Florida

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted no on the Republican-led H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act better known as the “GOP’s Big Oil Giveaway.” The legislation would significantly weaken a critical energy security tool, resulting in more oil supply shortages and higher gas prices for Americans. Castor’s amendment to permanently ban oil drilling off of Florida’s coast…

Thanks to Inflation Reduction Act and USF-led Navigators, A Record 3.2 Million Floridians Find Lower Costs for Health Care and Lead Nation in Affordable Care Act Enrollment

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The results are in, and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) is crediting the landmark Inflation Reduction Act and University of South Florida-led Navigators for record enrollment in Affordable Care Act marketplace sign-ups for 2023! Over 3.2 million Floridians found affordable health care plans for the calendar year – a substantial increase over the 2.7 million covered last year. Floridians…

Rep. Castor: Republicans’ First Act in Majority Shields the Wealthy, Adds Costly Bureaucratic Hurdles for Everyday Americans

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement after voting on the GOP’s “wealthy-first, working class-last” bill, H.R. 23: “Americans deserve a government that works for them without unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles or costly red tape. Yet the GOP’s first bill would cause longer lines and wait times for tax return and refund processing. The IRS needs new…

Rep. Castor: “Record-Setting” 2022 for Tampa Bay as Congressional Office Delivers $10M to Veterans and Neighbors + Secures $2.3B in Grant $!

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced today that her team worked to deliver over $10 million in aid, benefits and refunds to veterans, seniors, small businesses and families in 2022, including over $4.8 million to veterans and service members; over $2.3 billion in federal grants to create jobs, lower costs, invest in our schools and infrastructure, help our community recover from the…

Rep. Castor: Year-End Federal Appropriations Package Provides Holiday Cheer for Families, Veterans and Tampa Bay Area Neighbors That Will Last Through the Year

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act just in time for the holidays to help families, veterans, small business owners, and students now and into 2023. The “omnibus” also includes vital aid to Floridians devastated by the costliest hurricane season through emergency supplemental funding to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Ian…

Rep. Castor Announces $28M in Tampa Area Community Priority Grants in Year-End Government Funding Package

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced 15 community priority projects in the year-end FY22 funding package that is slated to be voted this week, for a total of $27,699,164 directly to the Tampa Bay area – from cost-saving energy efficiency upgrades for Feeding Tampa Bay’s new facility to expansion of The Skills Center youth empowerment center in East Tampa to a first-of-its kind…

Florida Democratic Delegation Announces Critical Hurricane Ian and Nicole Disaster Relief for Florida Families and Hard-Hit Communities in Year-End Omnibus

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Today, U.S. Representatives Kathy Castor (FL-14), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20), Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Val Demings (FL-10), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), and Darren Soto (FL-09) released a joint statement highlighting the inclusion of critical disaster relief supplemental funding in the year-end government appropriations package…

Rep. Castor: The People of Puerto Rico Deserve to Live in Dignity with the Freedom to Determine Their Future

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 Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor spoke in support of H.R. 8393 – the Puerto Rico Status Act on the House Floor ahead of the chamber’s vote on the bill. The bill passed 233-191. A video of her remarks can be found here. A transcript of her remarks can be found below: Madam Speaker, the people of Puerto Rico deserve to live in dignity with the freedom to determine their future. That…

Rep. Castor Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Promote the Inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating Women in Clinical Research

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 Today, Representatives Kathy Castor (FL-14), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced H.R. 9487, the Advancing Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act of 2022. This bipartisan bill will build upon prior legislation to better our understanding of the effect of medications on pregnant and lactating women and their infants. By updating FDA regulations,…