Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Votes to Support Military, Protect National Security

Jul 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act. This legislation included the Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch FY18 appropriations funding.

“Today’s legislation ensures the security and protection of the American people, here at home and across the globe. From our military to our energy programs, the legislation funds the most important and vital components to our national security. This year’s funding for the Department of Defense is increased by 13% above last year’s, reflecting the urgent need to maintain American dominance in the global arena. It funds a 2.4% pay raise for our troops, who selflessly risk their lives for freedom every day. The $78.3 billion included for the Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrates our commitment to serving veterans across the United States. In a time where we face nuclear threats from enemies like North Korea and Iran, the legislation increases funding for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons program to $13.9 billion. It also provides funding to support the U.S. Capitol Police, providing security to the countless visitors, staff, and Members of Congress who walk the halls of our legislative body.

“I commend Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairmen Granger, Simpson, Dent, and Yoder for their efforts on getting this legislation passed. I will continue to work with them and our Appropriations Committee colleagues to ensure the safety and security of the American people.”

Highlights from the legislation include:

  • $76.5 million for Everglades restoration
  • $82 million for the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation
  • $68.1 billion for the Department of Defense, 13% above FY17 level
  • $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to ensure troops have proper training and equipment they need
  • $13.9 billion for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons security programs
  • $9.6 billion for the Department of Energy’s energy research programs
  • $1.4 billion for military family housing construction, operations, and maintenance
  • $78.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:
    • $69 billion for VA medical care ($8.4 billion in mental healthcare services, $186 million for suicide prevention treatment, and $50 million for opioid abuse prevention),
    • $65 million for the VA electronic health record system,
    • $753 million for construction within the VA system
  • $422.5 million for the U.S. Capitol Police
  • $468 million for the Library of Congress