Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Homeland Security Appropriations Funds Prevention, Response to Natural Disasters and Threats in Florida

Jul 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security bill for FY18.

“I am pleased to support legislation that will strengthen our domestic security. By providing agencies like CBP, TSA, and the U.S. Coast Guard with the proper resources, they will be better equipped to mitigate threats at our borders and ports. The funding provided for the Urban Area Security Initiative will support these goals by working to prevent, protect, and respond to natural disasters and acts of terrorism in greater metropolitan areas, like Miami. Additionally, cybersecurity is critical to our domestic defense, and the legislation provides for cyber infrastructure enhancements and hacking prevention. This bill also funds the continued research and improvement of our floodplain and flood hazard mapping. Floridians are no strangers to the flooding that occurs after a storm or hurricane, and these funds support zoning, building standards, and infrastructure upgrades.

“I congratulate Chairmen Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Carter on their leadership, and I look forward to continue working with them to help protect our country from the threats it faces each and every day.”

Highlights from the legislation include:

  • $13.8 billion for Customs and Border Patrol
  • $7.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration
  • $630 million for the Urban Area Security Initiative for the prevention and protection, and response to natural disasters and acts of terrorism
  • $10.5 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard
  • $1.8 billion for the enhancement of cyber infrastructure and hacking prevention
  • $177 million for Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis
  • $190 million for Floodplain Management and Mapping