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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Press Releases

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he would not recertify Iran’s compliance with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):
Oct 12, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after voting in favor of S. 585, legislation providing $36.5 billion of emergency disaster aid that passed the House of Representatives:
Oct 12, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and 21 fellow Caucus members sent a letter to Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), requesting the implementation of a temporary, two-year program offering assistance to foreign-born service members, including those who have been deported after their service. Rep. Castro and his colleagues ask for the program’s inclusion in either the legislative authorization or report language in the Conference Agreement to accompany the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Oct 8, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the release of the White House’s immigration policy priorities:
Oct 4, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced $3,906,207.00 of federal funding from the Department of Education (ED) for the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) to support the development and implementation of practices designed to help principals and administrative team members more effectively improve student outcomes in diverse schools.
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Sep 28, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced $299,570.00 to St. Mary’s University for a program that aims to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses. The award is from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) program Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program) and provides a unique opportunity for institutions of higher education to establish multidisciplinary approaches to combatting these issues on campuses. The Campus Program efforts are designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies in order to prevent, prosecute and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes.
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Sep 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a resolution introduced by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) that recognizes the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and highlights member nations’ contributions to stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia.

Sep 22, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced $1,750,000.00 of federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for VIA Metropolitan Transit. VIA will use the funding to replace diesel buses with battery electric buses in San Antonio.
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Sep 20, 2017 Press Release
Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced $701,999.00 of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for three San Antonio universities for first-generation, low-income, or underserved students to pursue doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The grants are awarded through the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement (McNair) Program, one of the eight Federal TRIO Programs, which provide postsecondary educational support for qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The institutions receiving the funding are Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
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Sep 12, 2017 Press Release
The House of Representatives adopted two amendments offered by Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20). One amendment ensures funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program, and the second amendment provides a total of $25 million to the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) body-worn camera grant program for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Both amendments are completely offset and do not increase the total funding level of the underlying spending bill.

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