Kathy Castor

Rep. Kathy Castor
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking the government to work with manufacturers to increase production of substances known as “reagents” needed to process coronavirus test results.

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It came a week after the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but a virtual roundtable on climate change and its effects on Florida took place Monday.

The League of Conservation Voters event was held in conjunction with the Joe Biden for President Campaign and spoke about how the former vice president would address the issue if elected. The LCV endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee last week.

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference just wrapped up in Spain.  Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor was there, and pledged to take action.

Castor chairs the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. She joined a delegation that just came back from Madrid. Castor said during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol there is a "leadership vacuum" on the issue from the U.S., since President Trump pledged to withdraw the country from the Paris climate accords.

Protesters lined up in front of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor's office for a "Close the Camps" rally, aimed at shutting down immigration detention centers.
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By Carrie Pinkard and Ti'Anna Davis

“Babies don’t belong in cages.” “Close the camps.” “We are better than this.”

Those were the words written on the picket signs of a few dozen protestors standing in the summer heat outside U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s office as part of a national “Close the Camps” protest.

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The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate agreement. But the bill, which was sponsored by a Tampa representative, may not go much further than the House.

 Tampa Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor is touting a bill to restore navigator funding slashed the last few years at the federal level.
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A Tampa lawmaker has proposed a federal bill that would restore millions of dollars in funding taken from a group that helps sign people up for health insurance.

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A group of hospitality workers, fishermen, a surf shop owner and scientists gathered Wednesday to share their concerns about the damage red tide is having on the environment and local businesses.

Nelson, Democrats Blast Proposed Medicaid Cut

May 11, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic U.S. House members Thursday called for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reject a move by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to cut $98 million by trimming the length of time people have to apply for the Medicaid program.

“I rise here today because the state of Florida has again proposed to harm thousands of seniors and folks with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for their health care,” Nelson, a Democrat who faces an election challenge this year from Scott, said on the Senate floor.

Castor Re-Elected To Congress With No Opposition

May 7, 2018

Democrats Kathy Castor and Lois Frankel won re-election to their congressional seats on Friday when no challengers filed before the close of a qualifying period for federal offices.

But the unhindered re-election of the two lawmakers from Tampa and West Palm Beach was the exception as the majority of Florida’s 27 U.S. House members face a highly competitive election year.

Four seats, now held by Republicans, are open and they drew crowded fields.

Stock photo of an oil drilling rig.

“The Trump Administration is playing games with Florida’s coast.”

That was the warning from Jennifer Rubiello, state director of environmental advocacy group, Environment Florida. She was speaking at a press conference Thursday that discussed Florida’s status when it comes to offshore oil drilling.

There are few laws in place to keep prescription drug companies from raising their prices to levels unaffordable for many people.

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On a hot spring afternoon, with the waters of Tampa Bay lapping the shores of Tampa's Picnic Island in the background, Rep. Kathy Castor and representatives from environmental groups such as the Tampa Audubon Society, The Sierra Club and Environment Florida spoke out against the Trump Administration's plans to cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and attend campus voter registration efforts in Orlando and Tampa.

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While Florida has about a quarter of the almost 400 reported cases of Zika in the United States, no one has been infected in Florida. But that's not stopping local public health experts from advising people to protect themselves.

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When Sister Anne Dougherty of the Franciscan Center in Tampa received a call from Congresswoman Kathy Castor inviting her to see Pope Francis in Washington DC, she almost had to pinch herself. She thought she was dreaming. 

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UPDATED 7/8 with University Beat audio report and additional quotes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over half of American girls ages 13 to 17 have received at least one dose of the vaccination to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) - and it's a rate that decreases over the needed second and third doses.

But here in Florida, the number of fully protected young women - those who have received all three doses - is only 25 percent, the lowest in the country.

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A documentary marking President John F. Kennedy's visit to Tampa just days before his assassination has been entered into the archives of the U.S. Library of Congress.

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It may be an understatement, but biomedical research is a big business.

The National Institutes of Health has an annual budget of around $30 billion, and since it provides most of the federal funding for research at universities and laboratories, it supports over 400,000 jobs across the country.

Watch: Match Day 2014 For USF Health Students

Mar 21, 2014

USF's Class of 2014 Health students went to Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa Friday to find out where their residencies will be. Each student places $1 in a box and the box of money was awarded to the student with the final envelope.

Nancy Pelosi Pushes for Women's Agenda

Sep 23, 2013
Yoselis Ramos

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was in Tampa today with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor to discuss the issues surrounding women and families including paycheck fairness between men and women.

Pelosi and Castor say women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes, so they are pitching an agenda that will change that.

When Women Succeed, America Succeeds is an agenda promoting equal pay for women, paid family and medical leave and affordable child care.

About 160 new people will be hired at dozens of community health centers around the state to help uninsured Floridians sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.  


The $8.1 million in grants from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration will go to 41 community health centers across the state to help people understand their options. More than $930,000 has been awarded to health centers around Tampa Bay:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says his campaign pledge to create 700,00 jobs in seven years is right on schedule.

PolitiFact Florida says that claim is mostly false.

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Saturday, April 20, marks the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The accident killed 11 workers and released nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But efforts to restore the gulf are far from over.

A new report by the federal Oil Spill Commission gives Congress a D-plus for its handling of the ongoing cleanup.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa is calling for increased regulation of ammunition for automatic weapons in the wake of the school shootings in Newton, Conn. The Democrat also wants enhanced background checks for criminals who want to purchase guns.

Watch: Kathy Castor at Planned Parenthood Rally

Aug 30, 2012
Alex Cook

"They have now adopted a Republican Party platform that is the most extreme in the history of American politics when it comes to women's access to the healthcare that they need," said Representative Kathy Castor to a crowd of cheering women and men at a Planned Parenthood rally in Tampa on Wednesday.

A torrent of rain pelted the crowd as Castor finished her remarks, but it didn't deter the enthusiasm of the people gathered in support of women's reproductive rights.

Why College Aid Will Become An Election Year Issue

Apr 12, 2012
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You know Democrats and their allies plan to use  cuts to Medicare included in the U.S. House budget against presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and any other member of the GOP running for office this fall.

At a press conference in Tampa Thursday, Democrats ran out another line of attack on what the House budget would cut — college aid.

U.S. Rep Kathy Castor, a Democrat, and Hillsborough Community College president Ken Atwater raised the alarm about $170 billion in cuts to the federal Pell Grant program within the House budget.