Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Works with Deutch, Max Schachter to Secure School Hardening Funds in Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

Jul 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement after the Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill.

“For the last several months, I've had the distinct honor of working with someone who is turning his grief into advocacy and results. With my Southern Florida colleague Rep. Ted Deutch, we have been working with Max Schachter, who tragically lost his son on February 14 in Parkland. The result of our bipartisan work is $1.2 billion to allow school districts the opportunity to apply for Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants, as well as report language encouraging them to utilize these funds for school safety measures. The legislation also includes significant funding for mental health treatment, giving mental health and medical professionals better resources to assess and care for their patients.   I am grateful to both Rep. Deutch and Mr. Schachter for their willingness to work with me on such a critical issue.

“I congratulate Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Cole on the Committee approval of this legislation, and I look forward to continue working with them and our Appropriations colleagues to consider all twelve bills 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 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill: 

  • $1.5 billion for school safety and youth mental health, including:
    • $1.2 billion for school hardening measures through Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants
    • $71 million for Project AWARE grants, which promote youth mental health and connect them to school-age services
  • $3.85 billion to address the growing opioid and heroin crises
  • $38.3 billion to continue research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including:
    • $2.25 billion for Alzheimer’s disease research
    • $12.6 million for the Gabriella Miller “Kids First” pediatric cancer research initiative
    • $400 million for the Cancer Moonshot research initiative
  • $897 million for senior nutrition programs, including
    • $246 million for the Meals on Wheels program
  • Report language directing Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to continue to support contracts to develop a Zika vaccine
  • $1 billion for to give localities more resources to fight the opioid epidemic through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis
  • $300 million for Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund, giving the HHS Secretary more flexibility to quickly respond to a pandemic, such as the Zika virus
  • Continued funding to support students who require financial assistance through the Pell Grant program
  • $3.6 billion for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • $2.3 billion for Ryan White HIV/AIDS program
  • $690 million for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement Program, helping local governments respond to public health emergencies
  • $1.8 billion for Refugee and Entrant Assistance to help those building new lives in the United States after surviving persecution, torture, trauma, and human trafficking
  • $655 million for Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, improving access to care for mothers and children, reducing the infant mortality rates, and provide pre- and post-natal care
  • $176 million for polio eradication

Click here to read a summary of the bill.