Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Legislation Will Support Citrus Growers Across Florida

Sep 21, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3957, the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act.

“Today's legislation will help the hardworking citrus growers in the Sunshine State. For over a decade, our citrus groves have battled citrus greening, which has caused billions in economic damage to one of Florida’s most important industries.  This bill will help struggling citrus growers get back on their feet by allowing them to immediately expense the cost of planting new citrus trees.  My colleagues and I have succeeded in securing vital research dollars for greening, and this legislation is another important step towards aiding one of Florida’s signature industries.  By helping growers replant, we can support the citrus industry and also quickly replace the citrus production that our entire country depends on. I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation, and I commend Congressman Buchanan on his leadership. I urge the Senate to consider it expeditiously.”