Press Releases

September 29, 2023

Our Casas Resident Council Launches Westside Home Repair Program with Grant Secured by Congressman Castro

SAN ANTONIO - With the help of more than $1 million in federal funding secured by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Our Casas Resident Council, Inc. has opened applications for the High Impact Housing Project, a new program to repair owner-occupied homes in the near Westside. At least 20 homes will be repaired in census tracts 1703 and 1709 in the near Westside with the funding from Congressman Castro, and 10 additional homes in the surrounding area will be repaired with a $300,000 grant … Continue Reading

September 29, 2023

Castro, Crow, Jacobs, Phillips, Titus, Wild, Keating, and Connolly Urge President Biden to Halt Transfer of Military Financing to Egypt

WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Jason Crow (CO-06), Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Dina Titus (NV-01), Susan Wild (PA-07), Bill Keating (MA-09), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) released the following statement urging the Biden Administration to halt the transfer of military financing to Egypt following news of potential foreign influence by the Egyptian government and ongoing concerns of human rights violations in Egypt: “As Members of the House Foreign Affairs … Continue Reading

September 28, 2023

Castro, Casar Fight to Block Federal Funding for Operation Lone Star

WASHINGTON - Last night, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35) fought to block federal homeland security funding from being diverted from federal immigration enforcement to fund Texas’ failed Operation Lone Star through an amendment they offered to H.R. 4367, the FY2024 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The amendment received bipartisan support, including from all Democrats in the Texas congressional delegation. Congressman Castro speaks on … Continue Reading

September 26, 2023

Congressman Castro, 97 House Members Urge Speaker McCarthy to Pass a Bipartisan Funding Bill and Stop a Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - In a new letter, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and nearly 100 members of the House urged Speaker Kevin McCarthy to use his influence within the Republican Party and work across the aisle to advance a bipartisan government funding agreement and prevent a government shutdown. “We urge you to reject the hyperpartisan approach and focus on passing government funding legislation that can actually become law. In the absence of viable appropriations bills from the House … Continue Reading

September 21, 2023

Castro, Ocasio-Cortez, Himes, Casar, Velázquez, Sanders, and Kaine Introduce Bicameral Resolution Commemorating 1973 Coup in Chile

WASHINGTON - Following the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup d’état against democratically-elected Chilean President Salvador Allende, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Ranking Member Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Jim Himes (CT-04), Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35), Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), and Senate Foreign … Continue Reading

September 15, 2023

Congressman Castro, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month with Public Call for Suggestions for National Recording Registry Nominations

WASHINGTON - As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced today that he is leading the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in collecting public nominations for works by Latino recording artists to be added to the National Recording Registry. The National Recording Registry is the nation’s preeminent archive of recorded sound and is intended to maintain and preserve sound recordings with cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance to life in the United … Continue Reading

September 14, 2023

Reps. Castro and González-Colón, Senator Padilla Introduce HERE Act to Close Achievement Gap for Hispanic and Latino Students in Higher Education

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (PR), and Senator Alex Padilla (CA) introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Hispanic Educational Resources and Empowerment (HERE) Act, legislation that aims to provide Hispanic and Latino students with the tools and support they need to close the enduring achievement gap they face in higher education. Specifically, the bill would create a new federal grant program to fund partnerships that focus on … Continue Reading

September 13, 2023

Reps. Castro and Senator Menendez Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Honoring Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The resolution designates National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week to highlight the contributions of HSIs across the country. WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Jenniffer González-Colón (PR), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07), and Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06) and Senators Bob Menendez (NJ), John Cornyn (TX), and Alex Padilla (CA), introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to designate the week starting on September 11, 2023, as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. The … Continue Reading

September 08, 2023

Castro, Warren, Torres, Goldman Call on Commerce Department to Address Troubling Increase in Assault Weapons Export Approvals

Lawmakers call on Secretary Gina Raimondo to publish updated data on Commerce approvals of assault weapons export licenses and respond to September 2022 Congressional inquiry Text of Letter (PDF) WASHINGTON - This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35) and Congressman Dan Goldman (NY-10) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, seeking answers on the Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) lackluster … Continue Reading

September 07, 2023

Castro, Casar Introduce Amendment to Block Federal Funding for Operation Lone Star

SAN ANTONIO — This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35) introduced an amendment to the FY2024 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to prohibit federal homeland security funding from being used for Operation Lone Star. “Since 2021, Governor Abbott has stolen more than a billion dollars in federal COVID-19 aid and diverted hundreds of millions in state taxpayer dollars from critical public health and safety programs to fund Operation Lone … Continue Reading

September 06, 2023

“Flooded Our Streets with Guns:” Congressman Castro Slams Gov. Abbott’s Dangerous Gun Laws After Five San Antonio Police Officers Are Shot in Two Weeks

SAN ANTONIO — After a fifth San Antonio police officer was shot in less than two weeks, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement slamming Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Republican legislature for their failure to prevent gun violence: “Over the last eight years, Governor Abbott and Texas Republicans have weakened public safety laws and flooded our streets with guns. The result has been a clear increase in gun violence. Today, violent Texas criminals can easily … Continue Reading

September 01, 2023

Castro, Escobar, and Texas Democrats Call on the Department of Justice to Investigate Operation Lone Star National Guard Shooting

SAN ANTONIO - This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), and nine additional Democrats from the Texas House delegation sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking for a comprehensive investigation into the shooting of a Mexican national by a Texas National Guard servicemember along the border of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The letter, led by Congresswoman Escobar, comes amid Governor Greg Abbott’s continued interference with federal … Continue Reading

August 23, 2023

Congressman Castro, Texas Democrats Call on Biden Administration to Stop Catastrophic Loss of Medicaid Coverage in Texas

SAN ANTONIO – This week, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Lloyd Doggett (TX-37) and Greg Casar (TX-35), together with the entire Texas Democratic congressional delegation, urged the Biden Administration to quickly intervene in the Medicaid redetermination process in Texas to prevent the catastrophic loss of health care coverage for vulnerable Texas families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress required states to protect public health by maintaining Medicaid coverage for enrollees … Continue Reading

August 21, 2023

Congressman Castro Nominates 27 Latino-Driven Films for Inclusion in National Film Registry

WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) nominated 27 Latino-driven films for inclusion to the National Film Registry – the nation’s preeminent archive of films with cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance to life in the United States. The list of films was cultivated from hundreds of public suggestions after a nationwide call was put out by Congressman Castro and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “Given the film … Continue Reading

August 16, 2023

Congressman Castro and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Call on the Biden Administration to Investigate Governor Abbott’s Migrant Family Separation Practices

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Nanette Barragán, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), and 23 additional CHC members sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding a full and transparent investigation into the intentional separation of migrant families at the hands of the Texas … Continue Reading

August 11, 2023

Statement from Reps. Joaquin Castro and Jesús “Chuy” García on Death of a Three-Year-Old Child on Asylum-Seeker Bus from Texas to Chicago

SAN ANTONIO AND CHICAGO — Today, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the reported death of a three-year-old child on a bus sponsored by the state of Texas that was carrying asylum-seekers from Texas to Chicago: “Migrant parents make the journey to our country seeking safety and stability for their children. We are saddened and horrified, but not surprised, by the death of a three-year-old … Continue Reading

August 11, 2023

Congressman Castro Celebrates Negotiated Release of Five Americans Held in Iran

SAN ANTONIO — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement applauding the announcement of a successful negotiation by the Biden administration to free five Americans who were wrongfully detained in Iran: “Yesterday’s news is long-awaited relief for Siamak Namazi, Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz, and two other Americans who I hope will be back home soon. “Over the last several years, the Biden administration has quietly negotiated for the … Continue Reading

August 10, 2023

Castro, Salazar, Meeks, McCaul Statement on Assassination of Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Fernando Villavicencio

WASHINGTON — Today, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Ranking Member Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Chairwoman María Elvira Salazar (FL-27), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (NY-05) and Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10), issued the following statement expressing outrage and calling for an investigation and prosecution of the assassination of Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio: “We are outraged and deeply saddened by the … Continue Reading

August 09, 2023

Castro, Casar, Cuellar, Gonzales Urge USPS to Bring Back Water for San Antonio Letter Carriers

In the middle of a historic heat wave, San Antonio’s letter carriers are no longer receiving the water bottles they used to get at the start of work SAN ANTONIO – Today, San Antonio Representatives Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Greg Casar(TX-35), Henry Cuellar(TX-28), and Tony Gonzales(TX-23) are calling on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to resume providing water for letter carriers on their routes. According to San Antonio letter carriers, USPS had previously provided water … Continue Reading

August 02, 2023

Congressman Castro Urges Veterans to File PACT Act Claims Ahead of August 9 Deadline for Retroactive Benefits

SAN ANTONIO – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) is urging all eligible veterans to file claims or submit notice of their intention to file claims under the Honoring Our PACT Act by the August 9, 2023 deadline for retroactive benefit eligibility.  The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act expands health care and benefits for more than five million servicemembers who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxins during their … Continue Reading

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