Press Releases

July 11, 2023

Castro and Casar Introduce Defense Bill Amendment to Fund Child Care for Military Families

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35) announced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would give the Department of Defense greater flexibility to reallocate Congressionally-appropriated program and weapons funding that exceeds the Pentagon’s budget request to expand child care programs for military families. “Supporting our troops starts with supporting military families,” said Congressman … Continue Reading


July 06, 2023

Congressman Castro Presses Biden Administration on TPS and Broader Immigration Relief for Caribbean and African Migrants

WASHINGTON – Ahead of a trip this week to Trinidad and Tobago to meet with Caribbean leaders at CARICOM's Heads of Government Conference, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) joined 65 members of Congress in a letter urging President Biden to advance immigration relief for migrants and asylum-seekers from Caribbean and African nations. The letter highlights the unique challenges faced by Black migrants and calls on the administration to protect DACA recipients, use existing legal … Continue Reading


July 05, 2023

Ranking Member Castro to Meet with Caribbean Leaders During Congressional Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – This week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, is accompanying Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (NY-05) and other top-ranking members of Congress on a bipartisan delegation to Trinidad and Tobago. During the visit, Congressman … Continue Reading


June 30, 2023

Castro, Wasserman Schultz, Barragán, and Pocan Lead Members in Supporting Asylum Access for Vulnerable LGBTQI+ Individuals and Families

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-25), Vice Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, Congresswoman Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, led dozens of their Democratic colleagues in a letter to President Biden, Secretary of … Continue Reading


June 29, 2023

Statement from Congressman Castro on the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling

SAN ANTONIO – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after the Supreme Court overturned decades of precedent to severely restrict how colleges and universities can consider race in college admissions: “Decades after Brown v. Board of Education and subsequent cases ended legal segregation, the opportunities that make students most competitive for college admissions are still inequitably distributed across racial lines. Today’s Supreme Court … Continue Reading


June 26, 2023

Statement from Ranking Member Castro and Congresswoman Norma Torres on Guatemalan General Election

WASHINGTON – In response to yesterday’s general election in Guatemala, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35), the first Member of Congress to be born in Central America, issued the following statement: “As we monitor the results from yesterday’s election, we remain deeply troubled that the Giammattei government blocked candidates from seeking … Continue Reading


June 23, 2023

Castro, Jayapal, Booker, Hirono, and Durbin Lead 80 House and Senate Democrats in Push to Extend ACA Eligibility to DACA Recipients

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Senators Cory Booker (NJ), Mazie Hirono (HI) and Dick Durbin (IL) led 80 House and Senate Democrats in a comment letter expressing support for the Biden administration’s proposed rule to extend eligibility for ACA coverage and certain other federal health insurance programs to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the 2010 Patient Protection and … Continue Reading


June 22, 2023

Castro, Meeks, McGovern, Lee Lead Key Democrats Calling on the Biden Administration to Prioritize Constructive Engagement with Venezuela

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, James P. McGovern (MA-02), ranking member of the House Rules Committee, and Barbara Lee (CA-12), ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, led key Democratic members of Congress in a letter calling on the Biden … Continue Reading


June 16, 2023

Castro, Neguse, Curtis, Warner and Braun Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help More Transfer Students Earn College Degrees

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Joe Neguse (CO-02), and John Curtis (UT-03), along with Senators Mark R. Warner (VA) and Mike Braun (IN) introduced the Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act, bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for community college transfer students to earn associate’s degrees as they continue their studies at four-year institutions. The bill would amend the Family Educational … Continue Reading


June 15, 2023

Castro, Jacobs, Jackson, Phillips and Kamlager-Dove Reintroduce U.S. Commitment to Peacekeeping Act

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Jonathan Jackson (IL-01), Dean Phillips (MN-03), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (CA-37) reintroduced the U.S. Commitment to Peacekeeping Act, which would eliminate the Congressionally-mandated cap of United States contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations and help restore U.S. standing on the global stage. In 1994, Congress voted to cap U.S. contributions to UN peacekeeping operations at 25 percent. But … Continue Reading


June 14, 2023

Castro, Wasserman Schultz, Salazar, And Waltz Reintroduce Bipartisan Effort to Protect Human Rights in Venezuela

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-25), co-chair of the Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus, Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Michael Waltz (FL-06), reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral AFFECT Human Rights in Venezuela Act. This legislation aims to hold the Maduro regime … Continue Reading


June 13, 2023

Statement from Congressman Castro on the Biden Administration’s Failure to Redesignate TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Nepal

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s decision not to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Nepal. “In recent years, families from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Nepal have fled brutal violence, catastrophic climate disasters, and … Continue Reading


June 08, 2023

As Vice President Harris Meets with CARICOM Leaders, Castro, Salazar, and Espaillat Release Bipartisan Roadmap for U.S. Engagement with the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - Today, as Vice President Kamala Harris visits The Bahamas for high-level meetings with Caribbean leaders, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar (FL-27), and Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2023, a comprehensive roadmap to modernize U.S. engagement with Caribbean nations. Castro and Salazar are the ranking member and chairwoman, respectively, of the House Foreign Affairs … Continue Reading


June 02, 2023

Congressman Castro Joins Prosper West, Community Partners to Celebrate Completion of Inaugural Casa Bella Affordable Home

SAN ANTONIO – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) joined Prosper West, Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, the San Antonio Area Foundation, and Texas Capital Bank for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the first new affordable housing redevelopment under the new Casa Bella program. Congressman Castro delivers remarks at the new Casa Bella property “As San Antonio grows, we need to be intentional about keeping the Westside affordable for the … Continue Reading


June 02, 2023

Castro and Casar Get $2.8 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Education and Small Business Development Programs in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Congressman Greg Casar (TX-35) announced their offices have secured more than $2.8 million in AmeriCorps funding for education and small business development programs run by City Year San Antonio and LiftFund Inc. The funding comes in addition to more than $13 million in new state formula funding announced by AmeriCorps last month for programs throughout Texas. "Since I came to Congress, I've focused on building out what I call the … Continue Reading


May 24, 2023

With Help from Elmo, Grover, and Daniel Tiger, Reps. Castro, Hinson, Bonamici and Fitzpatrick Launch the Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus for the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON – Last night, at a reception hosted on Capitol Hill, Bipartisan Pre-K and Child Care Caucus co-founder Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and new co-chairs Ashley Hinson (IA-02), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) hosted a reception with the First Five Years Fund, Sesame Workshop, and PBS Kids to officially launch the work of the Caucus for the 118th Congress. The Caucus, founded in 2016, works to foster bipartisan efforts to improve access to high-quality, affordable … Continue Reading


May 23, 2023

Congressman Castro Calls for Hate Crimes Charges in the Murder of Aaron Martinez

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement calling for hate crimes charges against Trevor McEuen in the murder of Aaron Martinez. Prior to the murder, McEuen repeatedly harassed the Martinez family and told them Hispanics were not welcome in Kaufman County, a growing community outside of Dallas. "Three weeks ago, Aaron Martinez was murdered in cold blood by a man who wanted to drive Hispanics out of Kaufman County. Last fall, two brothers in West … Continue Reading


May 23, 2023

VIDEO: Congressman Castro Honors Uvalde Victims and Families in House Floor Speech

WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of the one-year commemoration of the May 24, 2022, mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the victims of the shooting and call for stronger gun safety laws to save lives. Congressman Castro speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives.  To download this video, click here for the floor camera recording or here for the … Continue Reading


May 20, 2023

Congressman Castro Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition for the 20th District of Texas

SAN ANTONIO – Today, during an awards ceremony at the Westside Education and Training Center, Congressman Joaquin Castro announced Hogai Qasmi, a senior at Louis D. Brandeis High School, Natalie Garcia-Ramos, a junior at the International School of the Americas, and Amberly Wintheiser, a junior at Louis D. Brandeis High School as the first, second, and third-place winners, respectively, of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition for the 20th District of Texas. Prizes for the winners were … Continue Reading


May 16, 2023

House Committee Passes Bipartisan Castro Amendment to Tackle Youth Drug Abuse and Prevent Fentanyl Deaths

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved legislation authored by Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Ranking Member Joaquin Castro (TX-20) that would increase collaboration between United States and Mexican law enforcement and public health agencies to support programs and public awareness campaigns that address youth drug use. The legislation, introduced as Amendment 42 to H.R. 3205, would support cross-border efforts to share information and best … Continue Reading

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