Diaz-Balart Votes to Protect U.S. National Security Interests and Support Allies
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, issued the following statement after the Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 State and Foreign Operations bill.
“I am pleased to vote for this legislation that protects our national security interests and supports staunch allies like Israel. It addresses human trafficking by increasing funds to help combat the crime and its perpetrators. As the people of Cuba and Venezuela continue in their struggle for freedom, funds are included to promote democracy, rule of law, and strengthen civil society. Additionally, we continue our rigid standards to ensure Colombia works to diminish coca production, a significant factor in drug trafficking.
“I congratulate Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Rogers on the bill’s committee passage, and look forward to working with them and our Appropriations colleagues to get this and our eleven other bills to the floor in 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 State and Foreign Operations bill:
- $3.3 billion for Israel, beginning the first year of the 10-year MOU between the U.S. and Israel
- $1.6 billion for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
- $30 million for Economic Support Funds to help promote democracy and strengthen civil society in Cuba
- $29 million for Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB)
- $845 million to promote Maternal and Child health
- $170 million for National Endowment for Democracy
- $2.4 billion for Democracy Programs
- $67 million for Programs to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
- $8.7 billion for global health programs, including critical funding for global health security and emerging health threats
- $15 million for programs to promote democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, same as FY18
- $1.43 billion to support counter-narcotics and law enforcement efforts around the world, including in Central America, Colombia, and Mexico
- $8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) to support operations and assistance in areas of instability and conflict, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and other countries in the Middle East.
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