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February 27, 2024

Congressman Castro Announces $117,629 to Support Research into Kidney Disease at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

 Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced that UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) was recently awarded $117,629 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease for the San Antonio Program for Undergraduate Research in Renal Science (SPURRS).  SPURRS is a unique program based at UT Health San Antonio’s Long School of Medicine that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work directly with faculty mentors to develop …  Continue Reading

February 23, 2024

After Pressure from Congressman Castro, Department of Education Implements Changes to Fix Ongoing Issues with 2024-2025 FAFSA Rollout

—?This week, following pressure from Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), the Department of Education released a temporary workaround to help students from mixed-status families apply for financial aid for the 2024-2025 school year. On February 16, Congressman Castro and nearly 100 of his colleagues wrote a letter pressuring the Department of Education to work quickly to solve ongoing challenges with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In their letter, the lawmakers wrote: “We…  Continue Reading

February 21, 2024

Congressman Castro Visits Burbank High School to Celebrate $4.5 Million in College & Career Readiness Funding for San Antonio ISD

SAN ANTONIO - Yesterday, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) visited Luther Burbank High School to announce a $4.5 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education to support college and career readiness programs at Burbank High School and six other high schools in San Antonio Independent School District.  During the visit, Congressman Castro met with students enrolled in a Theory of Knowledge course through the Burbank International Baccalaureate program and visited a Health Sciences c…  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


November 03, 2023

Let's Talk About Neuroendocrine Cancer

October 26, 2023

TX 20 Grant Series: National Science Foundation

June 27, 2023

TX 20 Grants Workshop: National Endowment for the Humanities & National Endowment for the Arts