Diaz-Balart Announces Additional Victories for Southern Florida’s Economy in Army Corps FY18 Work Plan
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, issued the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps released their work plan for fiscal year 2018.
“I am pleased with the fiscal year 2018 Army Corps work plan that prioritizes and funds three important projects in Southern Florida. PortMiami is a critical economic engine for our area, and the plan includes substantial funding to begin moving towards expanded shipping channels. Deepening these channels will allow larger ships to service the Port at a higher capacity, bringing revenue and jobs to Southern Florida. Continued Everglades restoration is also funded at $105 million, allowing us to preserve this natural treasure and provide a clean drinking water source for future generations. Additionally, $82 million for the expedited rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike is included, benefiting the communities that surround Lake Okeechobee. The inclusion of these projects and funding in the work plan is another victory for Southern Florida’s economy and our residents.
“I am grateful to Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney, Army Corps Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Semonite, and Army Corps Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Kirk for recognizing the significance of these projects and their impact on the Sunshine State. I look forward to working with them to see through the completion of these projects.”