Diaz-Balart: THUD Bill Will Not Reopen Government, Lacks Funding for Vital Housing and Infrastructure Programs
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement after the House passage of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill.
“I could not support the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that does not reflect months of bipartisan work, and the priorities of the House. I am proud of the bill my colleague Rep. Price and I were able to negotiate last year that funded critical programs to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, house our most vulnerable populations, and reduce bureaucracy. Instead of acting in good faith and working with the House, Democratic leadership is pushing through a bill that does not move us any closer to reopening our government. In our House bill, we funded several essential programs above the Senate level. Programs that go towards housing for disabled individuals, including veterans, mobility vouchers to help families with children, and assistance to those living with HIV/AIDS. The bill today severely undercuts those programs or zeroes them out entirely, putting those with the most need at risk. For the first time, our bill also included funding for ports, a major priority in Florida and across the country. Formula funds that go directly to states to rebuild our aging highways and bridges, also takes a major cut in this bill. It leaves every corner of America without the federal dollars it requires to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure.
“I am grateful to my colleague Rep. Price for his work over the last several years and look forward to continue our bipartisanship during his Chairmanship. He has always been available and willing to work with my staff and I, and I am confident we will continue that collaboration. Unfortunately, today’s bill is not reflective of our hard work, nor does it provide for these critical infrastructure and housing programs with the proper levels of funding, so they may best serve our communities. As every member of this House and every journalist who covers Congress plainly knows, this bill will not reopen the government.”