Press Releases

March 15, 2022

Congressman Castro Slams Lack of Latino Representation on Newly-Announced Warner Bros. Discovery Board of Directors

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement slamming the decision by AT&T and Discovery to exclude Latino members from the new Warner Bros. Discovery Board of Directors: "Warner Bros. Discovery is off to a bad start. Latinos make up nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population and nearly 30 percent of movie ticket buyers - but with today's Board announcement, AT&T and Discovery made clear that they don't value our voices. This is what cultural … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Congressman Castro Urges San Antonians to File Taxes Immediately To Receive Expanded Tax Cuts Passed Through American Rescue Plan

SAN ANTONIO - Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) urges San Antonio families to file their taxes as soon as possible to receive the full expanded Child Tax Credit created by the American Rescue Plan. In 2021, Congressman Castro delivered nearly $261 million in tax cuts for more than 172,000 children in Texas's 20th District through the expanded Child Tax Credit. Most families will receive an additional lump-sum Child Tax Credit payment in their 2021 tax refund. "One year ago this month, … Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Congressman Castro Secures More than $10.5 Million in Federal Funding for Community Projects in San Antonio

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced that his office has secured more than $10,500,000 in federal funding for projects in San Antonio that will improve health care, expand workforce development, increase affordable housing, strengthen student and family services, and support transit, environmental revitalization, and economic development needs throughout the city. The funding is included in H.R. 2471, the bipartisan, bicameral omnibus appropriations bill that is … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact Holds Hearing on USAID’s Efforts to Promote Locally-Led Development

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact held a hearing under the leadership of Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) to examine the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s efforts to promote locally-led development in international assistance programs. The hearing witness was Michele Sumilas, Assistant to the Administrator of the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and … Continue Reading


March 05, 2022

Congressman Castro Holds Roundtable Conversation with San Antonio’s Ukrainian American Community

SAN ANTONIO - On Friday, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) held a roundtable conversation to hear from members of San Antonio's Ukrainian American community about how Russia's invasion of Ukraine is affecting them and their loved ones. The roundtable was held in coordination with Ukrainian San Antonio, a Texas non-profit that works to advance the welfare of the Ukrainian people, strengthen ties between Ukrainian and American organizations, and promote greater understanding of Ukrainian … Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Reps. Castro, Wagner Lead Bipartisan Call for Sporting and Cultural Sanctions Against Russia

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) led a bipartisan letter urging President Biden to work with allies and partners around the world to bar Russia from international sport and cultural events and organizations. The letter also calls for the United States and allied nations to investigate situations in which sports teams, cultural organizations, or related infrastructure are controlled by entities subject to U.S. sanctions. "The world … Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Congressman Castro Votes to Improve Care for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) voted to pass the Honoring Our PACT Act, comprehensive legislation to improve health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances during their service to our country. "For too long, our nation has failed to uphold our sacred obligation to fight for veterans like they fought for us," said Congressman Joaquin Castro. "During our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, countless veterans were exposed to toxic burn … Continue Reading


March 01, 2022

Congressman Castro Applauds Message of American Unity and Strength in President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after the conclusion of President Biden's State of the Union address: "Thirteen months ago, President Biden took the helm of a nation devastated by pandemic, economic catastrophe, and insurrection. Today, our future is unimaginably brighter. "Thanks to the work of this administration and the Democratic Congress, the United States is achieving a historically strong economic recovery that puts working … Continue Reading


February 24, 2022

Congressman Castro Announces Veteran and Burn Pit 360 Co-Founder Le Roy Torres as Guest for 2022 State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced that Captain Le Roy Torres will be his honored guest for President Biden's 2022 State of the Union address. Due to ongoing health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all guests will attend the 2022 State of the Union address virtually. On Monday, February 28, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET, Congressman Castro, Le Roy Torres, and Major General Jeffrey Phillips, Executive Director of the Reserve Organization of America, will hold a … Continue Reading


February 23, 2022

Statement from Congressman Castro on Russia’s Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) released the following statement on Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine: "Russia's deployment of conventional military forces into Ukrainian territory and illegal recognition of its proxy entities on … Continue Reading


February 18, 2022

Congressman Castro Highlights New Report Showing Texas as the Top State for 2021 Manufacturing Job Growth

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced Texas added 37,600 manufacturing jobs under the first year of the Biden administration, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This job growth represents a nearly three-fold increase from the final non-pandemic year of the Trump administration, during which Texas added 13,200 manufacturing jobs. Among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas added the most manufacturing jobs in 2021. "This … Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact Holds Hearing on Renewing American Engagement with International Organizations

WASHINGTON - This week, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact held a hearing under the leadership of Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) to examine the U.S. State Department's multilateral approach for the United States to reestablish key relationships with international organizations, including the United Nations. The witness for this week's hearing was Assistant Secretary of State for … Continue Reading


February 15, 2022

Castro Opening Statement at House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing on Renewing American Engagement with International Organizations

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chair of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact, delivered the following statement to open the subcommittee's hearing on "Renewed American Engagement with International Organizations: Goals, Priorities, and Successes." (As prepared for delivery) Thank you for joining me at this important hearing. I want to extend a warm welcome to our … Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

Co-Chairs of Congressional Japan, Australia, and India Caucuses, and HFAC Asia Subcommittee Release Joint Statement Following Quad Foreign Ministers' Meeting

WASHINGTON — Following the Quad Foreign Ministers' Meeting last Friday, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Adrian Smith (NE-03), the Democratic and Republican co-chairs of the U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus, Reps. Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Mike Gallagher (WI-08), the House Democratic and Republican co-chairs of the Friends of Australia Congressional Caucus, Reps. Brad Sherman (CA-30) and Steve Chabot (OH-01), the Democratic and Republican co-chairs of the House Caucus on India and Indian … Continue Reading


February 10, 2022

Congressman Castro Secures $12.7 Million for San Antonio Public Transit

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced that his office has secured $12.7 million in funding for VIA Metropolitan Transit to improve public transit and create jobs in San Antonio. The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and appropriations legislation that Congressman Castro voted to pass in late 2021. "Anyone who has been in San Antonio over the last ten years knows that expanding public transit is absolutely critical to relieve congestion and help … Continue Reading


February 09, 2022

Chairman Castro Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Scott Nathan as CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) and Chairman of the HFAC Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact released the following statement congratulating the Biden administration on the successful confirmation of Scott A. Nathan as Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporations: "I congratulate Scott Nathan … Continue Reading


February 09, 2022

Congressman Castro Leads SCOTUS Amicus Brief Supporting Disabled Texas Veteran

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) led five other members of Congress in filing an amicus brief to weigh in on Torres v. Texas, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that threatens the civilian job rights and benefits of servicemembers and veterans under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994. "Our nation has an obligation to stand up for veterans like they stood up for us," said Congressman Castro. "For years, I've worked to make sure … Continue Reading


February 08, 2022

House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Castro/Kim Resolution Calling on Republic of Rwanda to Release Paul Rusesabagina

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congresswoman Young Kim (CA-39) released the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed H. Res. 892, their bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Rwanda to release activist Paul Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds: "More than a year has passed since the government of Rwanda kidnapped Paul Rusesabagina and unjustly imprisoned him on politically-motivated charges," said Congressman Castro. "Mr. … Continue Reading


February 04, 2022

Congressman Castro Votes to Create Jobs, Strengthen the Supply Chain, and Advance U.S. Global Leadership through the America COMPETES Act

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) and Chair of the HFAC Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact voted to pass the bipartisan America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act of 2022. The legislation includes a number of bills and provisions authored by Congressman Castro that … Continue Reading


February 04, 2022

Congressman Castro Urges Biden Administration to Increase Availability of COVID-19 Tests and N95/KN95 Masks for San Antonio Child Care Providers

WASHINGTON — This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) led a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to include child care providers in their plan to increase access to COVID-19 testing and N95 and KN-95 masks in San Antonio and across the country. The letter was co-led by Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-05) and Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Kim Schrier (WA-08) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and signed by an additional 48 Members of Congress. “It … Continue Reading

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