Diaz-Balart Votes to Fund Everglades Restoration and Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act.
“As Everglades Caucus Co-Chair, I am pleased with the funding we included in this bill to continue Everglades restoration. Everglades National Park is a natural treasure, and these federal dollars allow us to preserve it for future generations. It also provides for the expedited rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike, a critical dam to the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee, which suffered damage from the 2017 hurricane season. The legislation also includes resources that support our military infrastructure, ensuring our troops have the adequate resources they need to defend our country. In a time where we face both domestic and foreign threats, we must do everything we can to protect our national security and support our servicemen and women.
“I congratulate Chairman Frelinghuysen, and Subcommittee Chairmen Carter and Simpson for their work on this legislation. I look forward to continue our progress and get all 12 appropriations bills to the House floor in regular order.”
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Diaz-Balart worked with his colleagues to secure the following funding the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act.
- $67.5 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (which includes projects from the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP)
- $96 million for Herbert Hoover Dike
- $85.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide quality care to our veterans
- $50 million for Donor/Energy transfer ports, such as Port Miami, build needed infrastructure improvements
- $200 million for flood and storm damage reduction
- $10.3 billion to continue rebuilding our military’s infrastructure
- $1.6 billion for housing to support 1.4 million military families currently served
- $456.4 million for the U.S. Capitol Police, to enhance the safety and security of the Capitol and Complex and the visitors, staff, and Members who walk the halls of Congress every day
- Funding to support continued maintenance and improvements of Florida’s waterways
- $50 million for inland waterways
- $60 million for small, remote, or subsistence navigation
- $32.9 million for navigation maintenance