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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 Votes for New Aid for Tampa Restaurants and Small Businesses Previously Left Out

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to secure urgently needed relief for small businesses in the Tampa Bay area. The Relief for Restaurants & Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act will deliver $55 billion to replenish funding for Florida restaurants and establish a new program supporting other small businesses impacted by the pandemic. To date, Castor has secured historic support for small bu...

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 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: 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 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 ...

DOT HARTs Tampa on Valentine’s Day

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Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced that the Department of Transportation will award the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) $4,863,280 through the FY 2021 Passenger Ferry Grant Program. “What a fitting love note from the Biden Administration to our Tampa community on Valentine’s Day – this grant will allow HART to significantly reduce operational costs while expanding t...

Rep. Castor Helps Pass Groundbreaking Labor Bill to End Forced Arbitration for Sexual Assault and Harassment

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This week, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) voted to pass bipartisan, bicameral legislation to end forced arbitration for sexual harassment and assault survivors nationwide. H.R. 4445, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, will void forced arbitration agreements in any contract if a sexual assault or harassment claim is brought. For employment contracts, more than...

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...