Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Joins T&I Chairman Shuster and Subcommittee Chairman Graves at PortMiami to Discuss WRDA

Oct 27, 2017
Press Release

MIAMI – Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), founder and co-chairman of the Everglades Caucus, participated in a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee roundtable discussion at PortMiami, led by Chairman Bill Shuster and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves. Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Lois Frankel, (FL-21), Brian Mast (FL-18), Dan Webster (FL-11), and Frederica Wilson (FL-24), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Commander Colonel Jason Kirk and Deputy District Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Reynolds also participated in the roundtable to express Florida’s needs for the 2018 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA).

“I was pleased to join Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Shuster, Subcommittee Chairman Graves, and my Florida delegation colleagues to discuss the upcoming WRDA bill. This important piece of legislation has authorized critical Everglades restoration projects, including the Central Everglades Planning Project and the Picayune Strand. It has also authorized much needed upgrades and expansions to PortMiami and Port Everglades. Because of these projects, we are able to restore and protect the Everglades for future generations, as well as provide our ports with adequate resources to fit the needs of our growing economy. This roundtable is just the beginning of the process, but I appreciate that the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recognizes how important this bill is to Florida.

“I thank Chairman Shuster for his leadership throughout the years on ensuring WRDA properly served our community. I remain committed to working with Speaker Ryan, Chairman Shuster, and Subcommittee Chairman Graves to ensure the 2018 WRDA bill reflects Florida’s infrastructure needs.”

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