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May 17, 2024

Reps. Castro, Escobar, Frost Introduce Stop Arming Cartels Act to Prevent Trafficking of Military-Grade Weapons to Mexican Cartels

This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), and Congressman Maxwell Frost (FL-10) introduced the Stop Arming Cartels Act, legislation that builds on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to address the sale and trafficking of firearms from the United States to transnational criminal organizations around the world by prohibiting the further sale of 0.50 caliber rifles, regulating existing 0.50 caliber rifles, applying the same reporting requirements for h…  Continue Reading

May 16, 2024

“Joe Biden Did the Right Thing”: Congressman Castro Delivers Floor Speech Against Republican Bill to Force Weapons Shipments to Israel

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a floor speech in opposition to H.R. 8369, a Republican bill that would limit President Biden’s discretion to ensure that the delivery of weapons systems and defense articles to Israel aligns with U.S. foreign policy objectives. H.R. 8369 was introduced in response to President Biden’s decision earlier this month to pause a shipment of …  Continue Reading

May 15, 2024

Congressman Castro Secures Key Wins for San Antonio in FAA Reauthorization

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024, with key wins secured by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) that will improve opportunities for San Antonio’s small businesses to participate in federally-funded airport contracts and expand travel options for military and business travelers who bring jobs and economic growth to San Antonio. “Today’s bipartisan vote to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration is great news for San Antonio, military famil…  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

Videos


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