Press Releases

July 01, 2020

Castro Joins Curtis, Others in Leading Bipartisan Coalition to Introduce The Hong Kong Safe Harbor 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, joined Congressman John Curtis (R-UT), in leading a bipartisan coalition to introduce the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act, which would designate the people of Hong Kong as Priority 2 refugees, … Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Castro, Omar Urge USAID to Rescind its Appointment of Mark Kevin Lloyd as USAID Religious Freedom Adviser

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 Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN-5),today urged USAID to rescind its appointment of Mark Kevin Lloyd as USAID Religious Freedom Adviser. Mr. Lloyd has a proven track record of prejudice towards … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Castro Floor Speech on George Floyd Justice in Policing 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 delivered the below floor speech on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: "For far too long, far too many people have lost their lives to police brutality. And for far too long, the … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Castro Statement on 70th Anniversary of Start of Korean War

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 the 70thAnniversary of the beginning of the Korean War: "Seventy years ago today North Korea invaded South Korea, setting off the tragic Korean War. … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Castro Statement on First House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Diversity in Diplomacy Hearing

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 his first subcommittee hearing on diversity on diplomacy: "One of my top priorities as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Castro Statement on Bolton Allegations Against President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 allegations were reported in Ambassador John Bolton's new book against President Trump: "Ambassador John Bolton should have testified … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Chairs Castro and Raskin Raise Concerns that Upcoming Report by State Department’s “Unalienable Rights” Commission Will Harm Global Human Rights

Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2020)-Today, Rep. Joaquin Castro, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations within the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties within the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the State Department's Commission on Unalienable Rights to express serious misgivings about reports that the Commission may change the way the United States upholds human … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Castro Statement on Justice in Policing Act of 2020

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 as House Democrats and Senate Democrats introduced the Justice in Policing Act of 2020: "This moment in history requires nothing short of a … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Castro Statement on Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

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 the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre: "Thirty-one years ago today, the Chinese government used military force to crush young protesters … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Castro Statement on Trump Administration Withdrawal From the Open Skies Treaty

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 Trump Administration's withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty: "The decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty is the latest … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Castro Statement on Passage of the HEROES 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 a statement following passage of the HEROES Act in the House of Representatives: "I voted in support of the Heroes Act today because it delivers urgent relief to match the … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Castro, Larson Demand Trump Admin Stop Plan to Cut Social Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Foreign Affairs Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) are requesting that the U.S. State Department immediately turn over the Trump administration's plan to cut Social Security benefits and all related documents. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic and with over 20 million Americans unemployed in the last month alone, reports of a secret document developed by State … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Reps. Castro, Eshoo, Matsui, Butterfield, Fudge, Blunt Rochester, Adams, and Sen. Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Support Broadband Connectivity for College Students in Need

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representatives Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Doris Matsui (CA-6), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At-Large), and Alma S. Adams (NC-12) today introduced legislation to establish a new program to support college students who are unable to participate in distance learning. The Supporting Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act provides $1 billion to colleges and universities to pay for at-home internet … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Castro, Haaland Urge House Leadership to Establish Family Care for Essential Workers and Vulnerable Family Caregivers During COVID-19

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 Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) today released the following statement after urging House Leadership to prioritize the needs of and provide Family Care to family caregivers and essential … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Castro Statement on the Passage of Interim Emergency COVID-19 Relief Package

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 voting on the fourth coronavirus relief package: "COVID-19 is an unprecedented health and economic crisis: more than 850,000 individuals have been … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Castro Urges Federal Officials To Track Coronavirus Cases at Nation’s Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities

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, joined 77 House Democrats in calling on Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Rep. Castro, Senator Markey Announce Legislation to Expand Protections for American Citizens Overseas during Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON-As countries close their borders and take action to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, impacting the travel of U.S. citizens and nationals around the world, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) are leading new legislation to enhance the ability of the State Department to protect U.S. citizens and nationals overseas. The Expanding Vital American Citizen Services Overseas (EVACS) Act expedites and expands American Citizen Services at U.S. … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Castro Statement on Trump Firing Intelligence Community Inspector General

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 President Trump's firing of the ICIG: "In the middle of the night, in the midst of a global pandemic, as the coronavirus threatens the American … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Castro Urges for More Resources and Capacity for the Texas Workforce Commission

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 urging Governor Greg Abbott to provide the necessary funding to invest more resources and capacity into the Texas Workforce Commission who is tasked … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Castro Urges HASC to Overhaul Emergency Billing Practices at Brooke Army Medical Center

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 urging the House Armed Services Committee to consider reforming the billing practices of Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) when care is provided to … Continue Reading

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