Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Secures Funding to Continue Everglades Restoration, Support Main Street Business

Jul 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the House passage of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of fiscal year 2019.

“I am pleased to vote for another two Appropriations bills that continue funding the government in regular order. The Interior Appropriations legislation funds continued restoration of the Everglades, preserving this natural treasure for future generations. As Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, I have fought for adequate funding to support the restoration process, and I believe this year’s funding of $63.83 million is a significant accomplishment. Additionally, it supports the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which localities like Collier County rely on to provide emergency and social services to our community. The Financial Services Appropriations legislation boosts our local economy, encouraging job creation and growth. The legislation funds Small Business Development Centers, which provide avenues for growth through training services for business owners. It also offers 7 (a) and 504 loans through the Small Business Administration, giving entrepreneurs better access to capital.

“I congratulate Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairmen Simpson and Graves on the passage of these bills. I am proud of the work we are accomplishing with our colleagues to fund the government in a timely fashion through regular order.”

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Diaz-Balart worked with his colleagues to secure the following funding in the fiscal year 2019 Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act:  

  • $63.834 million for continued restoration of the Everglades
  • $10 million for planning and interagency coordination in support Everglades restoration
  • $157 million for ecosystem programs under the U.S. Geological Survey, including those in the Everglades
  • $500 million for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, which Collier County is the largest recipient in Florida of
  • $75 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
  • $3.9 billion for wildland firefighting and prevention
  • $3.25 billion for the National Park Service
  • $3.5 billion for the State and Tribal Assistance Grants account
  • $1.6 billion for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • $360 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • $11 million for the Multinational Species Conservation Fund
  • Language supporting the inclusion of Latino contributions in Smithsonian Institute programs, exhibitions, collections, and public outreach
  • $415 million to fight illegal drugs, including the opioid epidemic, through the Office of National Drug Control Policy
    • $280 million is provided for High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) like those in Southern Florida, including the recently designated Collier County
  • $737 million to allow the Small Business Administration (SBA) to support our main street businesses
    • $37.5 billion for 7(a) and 504 small business loans
    • $12.3 million for veterans programs
    • $18 million for Women's Business Centers
    • $130 million for Small Business Development Centers
  • $7.2 billion for the operation of federal courts, including those in Southern Florida
  • Two provisions to protect the rights of Americans whose properties were confiscated by the regime in Cuba