Media Center

Press Releases

December 07, 2023

Congressman Castro Responds to Texas DPS Investigation into Operation Lone Star Abuses

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement in response to reports that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cleared itself of wrongdoing after allegations of abuse associated with Operation Lone Star: “The cruelty of Operation Lone Star is well-documented. Individual DPS troopers risked their careers to blow the whistle about the abuses that are part of Operation Lone Star, and their accounts align with what asylum-seekers have also said,” said Congressman…  Continue Reading

December 06, 2023

Castro, Torres, Goldman, Cherfilus-McCormick Lead Introduction of Americas Regional Monitoring of Arms Sales (ARMAS) Act to Curb U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Latin America and Caribbean

Congressman Castro announced the introduction of the ARMAS Act on December 6, 2023, at the Annual National Gun Violence Prevention Summit hosted by the Center for American Progress. A recording of his remarks can be found here - Congressman Castro is the second speaker in the program. WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35), Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10), and …  Continue Reading

December 04, 2023

Castro Staffer, UTSA Alumnus Honored for Dedication to Supporting Hispanic Success in Higher Education

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) applauded his senior legislative assistant Eyole M. Mbongo - an alumnus of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) - for receiving the Outstanding Congressional Staffer Award from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) in recognition of his exceptional dedication to advancing equity in education. “For the last eight years, Eyole Mbongo has been a vital partner in my…  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