Press Releases

March 27, 2020

Castro Statement on CARES Act

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement in response to the CARES Act: "Congress must meet the enormous health care and financial needs of the American people in this unprecedented moment. This … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

ICYMI: Castro PSA on COVID-19 and San Antonio Community

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following PSA on the urgent and important actions San Antonio residents must take to stop the spread of coronavirus in the larger community: For the full video, click … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Castro Statement on Additional Evacuees Arriving at JBSA-Lackland

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement upon the arrival of additional evacuees from the Grand Princess cruise ship in San Antonio: "San Antonio has done its part to care for those in need. We … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Castro, Engel, and Sires Open an Inquiry into Trump Administration Scheme to Deport Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON- Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Representative Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Albio Sires (NJ-08), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, today launched an inquiry into the State Department's role in crafting agreements with El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to accept migrants seeking asylum in the … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Castro, Doggett Call for Investigation into CDC COVID-19 Release Protocols

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health and member of the House Budget Committee, have requested the opening of an oversight … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Castro and Engel Push State Department for Answers on Payments to Trump Properties

WASHINGTON- Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Representative Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today pushed the State Department to provide the Committee with information about the spending of taxpayer dollars at Trump properties. In a letter to Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao, the lawmakers reiterated their deep concern that government resources are being … Continue Reading


March 01, 2020

Castro Statement on Coronavirus Patient Released Into San Antonio By CDC

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement in response to reports that a coronavirus patient released into San Antonio by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) later turned up … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Castro Statement on Coronavirus Evacuees Treated at Lackland, Senator Shelby’s Refusal to Help Evacuees

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement on coronavirus evacuees being treated at JBSA-Lackland as well as Senator Shelby's refusal to help evacuees: "Senator Shelby of Alabama has dangerously … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Castro Questions Secretary Pompeo During HFAC Hearing on Iran

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today had the following exchange with Secretary Pompeo on Iran during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing: CASTRO: Thank you, Chairman. Mr. Secretary, you and I were both on the … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Castro Statement on SCOTUS’ Ruling on Cross-Border Shooting

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement following the Supreme Court's ruling that the parents of a 15-year-old boy cannot sue the federal agent who shot him by firing across the border … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Castro Statement on Additional Evacuees at JBSA-Lackland

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement to provide an update on the additional evacuees at JBSA-Lackland. "Yesterday, 144 new evacuees arrived at Lackland from Japan after being quarantined on … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Castro Statement on Third Re-Introduction of Emergency Declaration Resolution

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today re-introduced his resolution (for the third time) following news that the President will once again steal national security funds in order to build his border wall. This re-introduction … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Castro Statement on San Antonio Coronavirus Case

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement after the confirmation of one coronavirus diagnosis in San Antonio, Texas: "My job as Congressman is to ensure the people of San Antonio are safe and … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Castro Statement on Passing of San Antonio’s Own SFC Javier J. Gutierrez

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today released the following statement after the passing of Sergeant First Class and San Antonio native Javier J. Gutierrez from wounds sustained during combat operations in Nangarhar Province, … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Castro Statement on Trump Budget for FY 2021

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement today after President Trump released his budget for fiscal year 2021: "My initial reaction to the President's budget is that it is unworkable for my … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Castro and Engel Seek Answers On State Department's "Birth Tourism" Visa Rules

WASHINGTON-Representatives Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Joaquin Castro, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today demanded information from the State Department on recently announced rule changes impacting non-immigrant visa applicants seeking to visit the United States. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of State Carl Risch, the lawmakers called for more information about the rationale for … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Castro Statement on Lackland Air Force Base and the Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement today on the coronavirus outbreak and San Antonio's role in combatting the virus: "Like other offices, my office and I first discovered that Lackland Air Force … Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Castro Statement on State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement after the President's State of the Union Address: "The President walked into the chamber last night under a cloud of impeachment-one of the few Presidents in … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

TOMORROW: Press Call with Rep. Joaquin Castro to Discuss This Week’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), will be holding a press call tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, from 2:30-3:15pmCT (3:30pm-4:15ET) exclusively with the Texas press corps to discuss the President's State of the Union Address and what comes next in a landmark week for the United States Congress. WHO: Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs … Continue Reading


February 03, 2020

Castro Announces State of the Union Guest, Teacher and DACA Recipient María Rocha

WASHINGTON-Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, today announced his guest to this year's State of the Union Address, María Rocha. Rocha, a dual language teacher from San Antonio, is in her sixth year of teaching. She is one of the … Continue Reading

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