Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Praises Nomination of Craig Fugate as FEMA Administrator and Calls for Swift Confirmation

Mar 4, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), the Ranking Republican of the Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, made the following statement regarding the nomination of Craig Fugate as Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Craig Fugate has been at the helm of disaster preparedness, response and recovery in Florida through 23 declared state of emergencies.  He understands the importance of being prepared as a community and ensuring that Florida’s families are safe during and after natural disasters and emergencies. 

“Through excellent coordination with local governments and other state officials, Craig has brought Florida to the forefront of emergency management and preparedness, mitigation efforts, as well as homeland security strategies.

“With a proven leader and someone we can trust as Administrator, it is the right moment to move forth in making FEMA an independent agency and giving Craig the tools and access he needs to ensure accountability and get the job done.

“Once confirmed, I am confidant that FEMA will greatly benefit from the leadership of Craig Fugate.  I look forward to working with him in his new capacity to ensure all Americans have the most responsive agency to rely on during times of need,” said Diaz-Balart.

Along with other leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Diaz-Balart recently introduced H.R. 1174, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independence Act of 2009.  The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management has oversight of FEMA, as well as other agencies and programs promoting economic development and the federal real estate program and public buildings service.