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June 18, 2024

Congressman Castro Announces New Planned Passport Agency in San Antonio to Help Travelers with Urgent Passport and Visa Services

SAN ANTONIO — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced that the State Department has selected San Antonio as one of six locations for a new U.S. passport agency, following requirements Castro voted to pass as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a post on social media, Congressman Castro celebrated the selection as “incredible news,” citing years of work from San Antonio’s Congressional delegation to establish a local passport agency and save Sou…  Continue Reading

June 18, 2024

Congressman Castro Applauds President Biden’s Immigration Relief for Mixed-Status Families and High-Skilled College Graduates

SAN ANTONIO — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement in support of new immigration relief measures announced by President Biden that will provide protections from deportation and a pathway to legal status for the undocumented spouses and children of U.S. citizens and also ease the visa process for foreign-born graduates of U.S. colleges and universities. “For too long, mixed-status families have been forced to live in the shadows - worried that a traffic stop…  Continue Reading

June 14, 2024

Johnny Canales Honored in the U.S. Congress

— Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor Johnny Canales, a beloved South Texas entertainer who died earlier this week at the age of 77. Canales was the longtime host of The Johnny Canales Show, a bilingual variety show that aired for decades across the United States and Latin America and is credited with helping to launch the careers of Tejano music superstars including Selena Quintanilla. To download the full vi…  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


March 13, 2024

Congressman Joaquin Castro - HPSCI Annual Threat Assessment Hearing - First Set of Questions

March 12, 2024

Congressman Joaquin Castro - HPSCI Annual Threat Assessment Hearing

November 03, 2023

Let's Talk About Neuroendocrine Cancer