Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart to Lead Transportation Subcommittee: Includes Oversight of Economic Development, FEMA

Jan 9, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) was named Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. 

“It is an honor to continue my service on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, under the steadfast leadership of Chairman Oberstar and Ranking Member Mica,” said Diaz-Balart.  “As Subcommittee Ranking Member, I look forward to working alongside Chairwoman Norton, in developing an agenda that will ensure that our infrastructure is stable and that as a nation, we are adequately prepared to respond to any natural disasters or emergencies.”

“It is also important that we take into consideration the current economic situation and work together to enhance economic development and growth in those areas of the country that most need it,” said Diaz-Balart.

“Congressman Diaz-Balart is a strong proponent of rebuilding and improving our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure, and he is the perfect choice to lead the subcommittee with oversight of federal emergency management programs,” said Committee Ranking Member John L. Mica.  “For his entire Congressional career, Mario has supported improving federal disaster preparedness and response efforts.  The nation, and particularly the Floridians who continually face the threat of hurricanes and other disasters, have benefited from his hard work.”

The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management conducts oversight of programs addressing the Federal management of emergencies and natural disasters including FEMA, oversees several agencies and programs promoting economic development, and has oversight of Federal real estate programs and the Public Buildings Service.

This is Diaz-Balart’s fourth term serving on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  He also sits on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.  During his time in Congress, Diaz-Balart has succeeded in bringing home billions of dollars to improve Florida’s transportation and highways.