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ENG:Katherine Anne "Kathy" Castor (born August 20, 1966) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 14th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2007. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district covers most of the city of Tampa, most of south St. Petersburg, a small portion of unincorporated Hillsborough County, a small section of the city of Temple Terrace and a small section of Manatee County. Early life Castor was born in Miami, Florida. Her mother, Betty Castor (née Elizabeth Bowe), is a former University of South Florida President, a former Hillsborough County Commissioner, a former Florida State Senator, a former Florida Education Commissioner, and a 2004 United States Senate candidate. Her father, Donald F. "Don" Castor, is a Hillsborough County judge. ...
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Castor calls for investigation of 9/11 Sarasota connection

Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor Monday called on the House Intelligence Committee to investigate why the FBI did not disclose to Congress information it learned about a Saudi couple living in southwest Florida with ties to the 9/11 hijackers. The Saudis came to the FBI’s attention after neighbors reported they’d suddenly fled their home near Sarasota two weeks before the 2001 terrorist attacks. “One of the great criticisms of the pre-9/11 intelligence operations,” Castor wrote in her letter to the committee’s two senior members, “was the lack of ...

Castor touts Obama's jobs bill in South Tampa

US Representative Kathy Castor urging her fellow members of Congress to take action on jobs. Shemet with construction crews atChiaramonte Elementary School in South Tampato see the progress of an$8.5 million renovationproject. While Chiaramonte's renovation work is funded, Hillsborough County School staff say 16 school projects are not funded in the five year plan. Rep. Castor says Obama's American Jobs Act could help. The American Jobs Act proposes to invest $25 billion in school infrastructure with the aim to modernize 35,000 schools across the country. Castor points out that Florida is ...

Kathy Castor blasts GOP plan to cut hurricane hunters

For several weeks now, Tampa area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor has been ripping into a proposal by House Republicans that would cut funding by 40 percent for so-called "hurricane hunters' - military plans that fly into hurricanes in order to measure and track them. The issue has grown in resonance after Hurricane Irene churned up significant damage in the Northeast. Concurrently, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was saying even before the storm hit that Congress would need to make commensurate budget cuts to pay for FEMA funding for hurricane cleanup. That statement has been met ...

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U.S. Rep. Castor's statement on Russian cyberattacks
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) issued the following statement on Russian cyberattacks against the United States: “The United States must hold Russia accountable for cyberattacks against our country, our electoral system and the private intellectual property of American businesses. These Russian cyberattacks were not a move against any one party, they were a move against our nation and all Americans. The United States also should consider broader sanctions against the Russian government following a robust, bipartisan investigation to confirm the extent and identities of responsible individuals, including Vladimir Putin himself.   “America must strike back at any foreign country or non-state actor that interferes in America’s most sacred exercise of democracy. Cyberwarfare against the United States demands retaliatory measures and defensive steps to protect computer systems from malevolent hacking. “Finally, President-Elect Trump should reassess his knowledge and rhetoric
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s statement on first regular commercial flight today between Tampa and Cuba
“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.” Cuba Travel Timeline 12/16/2008 – Castor letter to President-elect Barack Obama Requesting a fresh look at U.S.-Cuban relations, call to expand family travel opportunities 2/3/2009 – Castor letter to Mr. Tom Winkowski, Assistant Commissioner of United States Customs
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announces $1.6 million in recovered federal benefits for Tampa Bay families
With the help of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), hundreds of veterans, seniors, troops, families and neighbors in the Tampa Bay area recovered more than $1.6 million in unpaid federal benefits in 2016. Nearly half—$773,132—was owed to our local veterans for benefits they have earned. “My team and I are here to cut the red tape. Families and neighbors can count on me to assist with matters regarding Social Security, IRS, passports, immigration, VA, Medicare, military or any other federal agency. I am here to help,” U.S. Rep. Castor said. U.S. Rep. Castor also worked to secure more than $300 million in federal grants this year to create jobs, invest in education and infrastructure, and bolster the important work of local partners. Among the federals grants won this year are $6 million to boost STEM education opportunities for Hispanic students at Hillsborough Community College, nearly $10 million for upgrades at Tampa International Airport and HART, and $5.8 million to
Castor: Short-term budget measure a fitting symbol of U.S. House Republicans’ failure to govern
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement on the short-term funding bill: “House Republicans end the session with a fitting symbol of their failure to govern -- a funding bill that fails to meet the needs of our hardworking neighbors and families and covers only a few months in the new year. Speaker Ryan and House Republicans adjourned the House in mid-July and spent only a few days since then doing the job to which they were elected. The Congressional Republican funding measure creates uncertainty for communities like mine and all across the country and hamstrings agencies -- especially those established to keep our country safe. Short-term measures do not allow an opportunity to plan for the future or to make educated, timely, tough decisions about where to cut or augment. “Congressional Republicans appear ready to inflict greater economic damage to hardworking families in the new year as Republicans are poised to return to the days of trickle-dow

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