Diaz-Balart Includes Everglades, Herbert Hoover Dike Funding in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the Energy and Water bill for FY18. Diaz-Balart, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, worked with his colleagues to ensure funding for projects important to Florida were included in the final legislation.
"Florida is fortunate to have so many diverse natural treasures that have significant impacts on our local community. These funds will go towards the ongoing Everglades restoration work that is vital to the ecosystem's preservation. Continued funding for the Herbert Hoover Dike is critical to the timely rehabilitation of the waterway. I am pleased to have obtained full funding for these projects, and look forward to continue working with local officials and community leaders, including Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner, LaBelle Mayor David Lyons, Hendry County Commissioner Karson Turner, Mary Ann Martin, Erik Eikenberg and the Everglades Foundation Board of Directors, among others.
"I thank Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Simpson for their willingness to work with me on these issues. I will continue to advance issues important to Florida, both in the Appropriations Committee and amongst my House colleagues,” said Diaz-Balart.
“Congressman Diaz-Balart has been a tireless advocate for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation,” said Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson. “I’m pleased that we were able to support these important efforts, and am grateful for Mario’s leadership in Florida.”
In addition to the funds obtained in the FY18 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, Diaz-Balart is working with his colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to secure additional funding for Everglades restoration projects in the upcoming FY18 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill.
Diaz-Balart, Founder and Co-Chair of the Everglades Caucus, was successful in including the following items in the legislation:
- $76.5 million for Everglades restoration
- $82 million for the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation