View Congress Member / SenatorName: Joaquin Castro
Position: House (TX, 20)
Staffer: Ben Thomas
Address: 2241 Rayburn House Office Building
Number of Contacts: 9 ( or 0% in support)
Cosponsor in 116th: Yes
Message and Talking Points
Jonathan Dollhopf writes on 1/15/2019 at 12:16PM:
Jonathan Dollhopf sent an email to Ben Thomas regarding to initial cosponsor.
We want to thank the Congressman for committing to be an initial cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act. However, it appears that Amy Bos at Congressman Sensenbrenner's office does not have Congressman Castro on the list for intial cosponsors. Can you please complete the paperwork by noon so that Congressman Engel will be listed as an initial cosponsor.
Our event celebrating the reintroduction of the bill will be in SVC 202 at 3pm with a reception to follow. We would love for your office to join us!
Tim Bowman writes on 8/30/2018 at 1:12PM:
On August 30th, 2018, C4CI sent an email to Ben Thomas (email@example.com) asking whether Representative Castro would be an initial co-sponsor of DIA if elected to the next Congress.
Laura Halvorson writes on 8/18/2018 at 2:57PM:
On August 14th Laura and her parents met with LD Ben Thomas prior to their Capitol tour as her parents are constituents of Castro. Ben remembered the email she sent in May with information and her personal story and need for HCBS. In addition to recapping info from the email Laura mentioned Centene endorsing DIA and gave Ben a copy of the TX Democratic Party resolution in support of DIA along with the Democratic info packet from the DIA website. She mentioned that 1 in 4 Americans have a disability and make up a large voting block especially when you include their family and disability support personnel in that voting block. She mentioned the top things the disability vote are concerned with are supporting DIA, opposing attacks on the ADA, and eliminating sub minimum wage. Ben mentioned Castro voted no on hr620, wanted more info on the TIME Act, and said that his office will contact Amy Bos to cosponsor DIA.
Laura Halvorson writes on 6/26/2018 at 5:08PM:
4/30: Sheryl met with Ben Thomas Leg Dir, had initial meeting re DIA, needs follow up.
Ericka Jones writes on 6/04/2018 at 5:08PM:
On May 16th, ADAPT met with staff who seemed interested. Follow up with Ben Thomas, Legislative Director, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Halvorson writes on 5/16/2018 at 3:37PM:
5/16: Laura emailed the LD (Ben Thomas) and COS (Danny Meza) for Rep. Castro stating she is the former Ms. Wheelchair TX 2014 from San Antonio in Castro's district.
Gave personal story of why DIA is needed and mentioned ADAPT members will be visiting his office today. Also gave links to CAP, Heritage, and DNC statement. Linked DIA Supporter List, AARP and NCD Studies on cost savings analysis of HCBS vs institutions.
Bruce Darling writes on 9/27/2017 at 3:30PM:
On September 27th, ADAPT members - as part of the Fall Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.
Bruce Darling writes on 5/17/2017 at 4:45PM:
On May 17th, ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.
Stephanie Woodward writes on 4/13/2016 at 11:02AM:
On April 13, 2016 ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act which has already been introduced in the US Senate and asked that the Member of Congress become initial cosponsor this legislation in the House.