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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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Update on Funding to Fight Zika: House Republicans ignore pleas for a vote this week, fail to schedule vote next week
After returning from the longest summer recess in at least 60 years, House Republicans once again refused to address the public health threat of the Zika virus and announced they have no plans to take up a bill next week to address the fight against a growing outbreak. “It is unconscionable not to vote this week and I find it unfathomable that House Republicans are refusing to schedule a vote next week to fund vaccine development, research, and the tools our local communities need to prevent this public health crisis from growing, ” U.S. Rep. Castor said. “The inaction is irresponsible as my colleagues and neighbors throughout Florida have come together to urge and plea for funding to fight the Zika virus. The House Republican leadership doesn’t seem to care if one more pregnant woman is infected, if one more family is threatened with a lifetime of health woes, if one more baby is born with a condition that could have been prevented.” ###
TIA receives $5.3M DOT grant for airfield upgrades
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced today that Tampa International Airport received a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for important airfield upgrades.  The new infrastructure dollars follow two other significant transportation announcements:  New Tampa International Airport flights to Cuba and new, modern buses for HART.  All are welcome news for hard-working families and businesses of Tampa Bay.  “The Tampa Bay area’s economy continues to grow and transportation improvements are an important way to create higher-wage jobs and new opportunities.  Infrastructure investments at the airport has put thousands to work already.  The new U.S. Department of Transportation grant will keep the momentum going and ensure that Tampa International Airport remains one of the best in the world," said U.S. Rep. Castor. “Tampa International Airport is a major gateway for tourists and business travelers, and its stron
U.S. Rep. Castor's statement on help for former ITT students
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the following statement and helpful list of resources available to help former ITT students following its abrupt closure earlier this week: “I continue to be concerned for students who fall prey to unscrupulous online and for-profit colleges that use deceptive practices.  I am working to ensure our local neighbors are protected from the harm of these fraudulent, for-profit schools and receive relief from crushing student loan debt in addition to their crushed dreams. “ITT Technical Institutes, a for-profit college chain, closed abruptly and left thousands of students in the lurch including hundreds in Tampa Bay. While the ITT closings are national in scope, I have requested that the U.S. Department of Education provide direct assistance to Tampa Bay area students and particularly our veterans who now find themselves facing a new challenge. In a move consistent with the generous spirit of our community, I commend Hillsborough Community C
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor urges more transparency with price hikes by drug manufacturers
After calling for a congressional hearing last week on the outrageous cost increases by Mylan corporation for the price of the EpiPen, today U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) cosponsored bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address skyrocketing prescription drug price increases by corporations. The FAIR Drug Pricing Act would require basic transparency for pharmaceutical corporations that increase drug prices by more than 10 percent a year. “We must work to ensure that life-saving treatments are never out of reach for all of our neighbors and especially our most vulnerable,” U.S. Rep. Castor said. “U.S. prescription drug spending has already reached a record high of $425 billion in 2015, with expectations that such spending will surpass $600 billion by 2020. The ‘hands off’ approach in the Republican-led Congress has allowed pharmaceutical corporations to stick it to consumers and that must stop. ” The FAIR Drug Pricing Act would require drug manufacturers to notify the

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