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May 24, 2023

With Help from Elmo, Grover, and Daniel Tiger, Reps. Castro, Hinson, Bonamici and Fitzpatrick Launch the Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus for the 118th Congress

Last night, at a reception hosted on Capitol Hill, Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus co-founder Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and new co-chairs Ashley Hinson (IA-02), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) hosted a reception with the First Five Years Fund, Sesame Workshop, and PBS Kids to officially launch the work of the Caucus for the 118th Congress. The Caucus, founded in 2016, works to foster bipartisan efforts to improve access to high-quality, affordable early childhood educa…  Continue Reading

May 23, 2023

Congressman Castro Calls for Hate Crimes Charges in the Murder of Aaron Martinez

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement calling for hate crimes charges against Trevor McEuen in the murder of Aaron Martinez. Prior to the murder, McEuen repeatedly harassed the Martinez family and told them Hispanics were not welcome in Kaufman County, a growing community outside of Dallas. "Three weeks ago, Aaron Martinez was murdered in cold blood by a man who wanted to drive Hispanics out of Kaufman County. Last fall, two brothers in West Texas gunned dow…  Continue Reading

May 23, 2023

VIDEO: Congressman Castro Honors Uvalde Victims and Families in House Floor Speech

Today, ahead of the one-year commemoration of the May 24, 2022, mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the victims of the shooting and call for stronger gun safety laws to save lives. Congressman Castro speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives. To download this video, click here for the floor camera recording or here for the CSPAN recording. Congres…  Continue Reading

In The News

April 18, 2023

Rep. Joaquin Castro passes bills in Congress 1,500 miles away even as he battles cancer

Even as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro recovers from surgery to remove tumors in his gastrointestinal tract, the San Antonio Democrat was still able to pass legislation in Congress thanks to a little bipartisan love on Capitol Hill. Yes, bipartisanship is rare in D.C. but it still lurks in the shadows. Castro underwent surgery at Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center on Feb. 27 and is hoping to be back to work soon. "I'm especially grateful to my family for being so supportive and understanding," Cas…  Continue Reading

April 06, 2023

One on One: Castro seeking federal contracting equity and transparency

Federal officials have sought to address a lack of diversity in government contracting, but one Congressman with deep San Antonio roots insists more must be done to narrow disparities and expand participation. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, is leading a group of six members of Congress that is introducing the Expanding Opportunities for Diverse Entrepreneurs Act, legislation that would expand the reach of the Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. T…  Continue Reading

April 06, 2023

Rep. Joaquin Castro files bipartisan bill to aid veterans exposed to toxins in Panama

Congress passed legislation last year expanding health care to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals from burn pits when they were deployed overseas, offering long-awaited help for likely tens of thousands of Texans battling health issues including cancer. Now, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat who was a leader in that effort, wants Congress to go further and expand care for veterans who who were exposed to toxic herbicides, including Agent Orange, while serving in the Panama Canal…  Continue Reading


January 27, 2023

Congressman Castro Pushes to Limit New Oil and Gas Leases on Polluted Federal Land

December 06, 2022

Floor Remarks on the Veteran Service Recognition Act

October 06, 2022

Congressman Castro Releases Part II of GAO Report on Latino Underrepresentation in Media