Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Continues School Safety Efforts, Secures More Funding in FY19 Appropriations

Feb 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­–­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill as part of the larger funding package this evening. These funds are in addition to those included in the already enacted Labor-HHS Appropriations bill.

“On the anniversary of the Parkland tragedy, I am honored to say we approved additional funding for school safety in tonight’s government funding bill. This legislation includes $100 million for the STOP School Violence Act, of which I was a co-sponsor of and was signed into law last year by President Trump. This grant program is a critical investment for localities who seek to improve their school hardening capabilities. Metal detectors and other deterrents can help prevent another devastating incident like Parkland from happening again. The legislation also ensures school districts and local law enforcement officers have the proper resources to mitigate and respond to emergency and crises situations.

“I thank Max Schachter, who tragically lost his son at Parkland, for his ongoing commitment to this issue. Max worked diligently with my staff and I to include language in this funding bill, encouraging schools to use federal grant money for these hardening measures. He has been a leader in finding ways to make our schools safer, and I am proud to continue working with him to obtain these funds.”

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Diaz-Balart worked with his colleagues to secure the following funding in the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill: 

  • $100 million for school hardening measures through the STOP School Violence Act
  • $10 million to provide active shooter training for police officers through Police Act Grants
  • $95 million for peer-to-peer mentoring of at-risk youth through Youth Mentoring Grants
  • $20 million to address violent crime problems in local communities through Project Safe Neighborhoods
  • $12 million for police officer safety and wellness programs through the VALOR Initiative
  • $468 million in federal grants to assist state, local, and tribal communities in opioid crisis response
  • $423.5 million to provide states, localities, and tribes with funding to support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention, corrections, drug treatment, and other important initiatives through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants
  • $415 million for Legal Services Partnership, providing access to legal aid to individuals who might not be able to afford it otherwise
  • $22.5 million to continue a Body Worn Camera Partnership with states and localities who purchase the technology for their departments
  • $3.8 billion to assist states and localities with the 2020 Census