Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Helps Secure $514 Million for the Herbert Hoover Dike, Paving the Way to Expedited Completion

Jul 5, 2018
Press Release

MIAMI ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus and a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, today announced that the Office of Management and Budget would be issuing $514 million to the Herbert Hoover Dike for expedited rehabilitation. These funds are part of the $141 billion supplemental funding package that Diaz-Balart helped to secure with his Appropriations colleagues after the 2017 hurricane season and wildfires.

“Since elected to Congress, I have worked with local and state officials to provide the U.S. Army Corps with the necessary resources to keep the rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike on track. More recently, I have championed expedited repairs of the dike, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, have fought tirelessly to ensure the Corps is able to do so. This funding, along with anticipated fiscal year 2019 funding and additional money from the State, will finally be enough to complete the dike’s rehabilitation. The completion of the dike is critical to the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee, as well as part of the broader Everglades restoration efforts taking place in the Sunshine State. I worked with my colleagues to secure federal dollars to help Floridians and other hurricane impacted communities get back on their feet after these storms, and continue necessary projects like the dike’s rehabilitation. I am grateful to be in a unique position to help our community and deliver tangible results and federal dollars to Southern Florida.

“I'd like to thank President Trump, OMB Director Mulvaney, Governor Scott, Senator Rubio, Representative Tom Rooney, and Representative Francis Rooney for their efforts and engagement on this issue. I will continue to work with them to ensure the dike has adequate federal funding to complete the rehabilitation.”

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Congressman Diaz-Balart surveys damage at the Herbert Hoover Dike after Hurricane Irma on September 14, 2017.