Diaz-Balart: Supplemental Request Does Not Help Florida’s Agriculture Industry
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s most recent supplemental funding request for natural disaster response and recovery.
“OMB's supplemental request in response to the recent hurricanes is grossly inadequate. Florida's agriculture industry took a severe hit; initial estimates from state agencies total over $2.5 billion in economic impact. The citrus industry, the heart of our state's economy, will require significant federal support after an estimated $760 million in damage. The supplemental request simply does not provide the assistance that Florida’s farmers, producers, and growers need and deserve. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that adequate supplemental funding is delivered, which this request clearly does not achieve.”