Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Omnibus Protects Our National Security, Funds Crucial Programs to Keep Our Country Running

Dec 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the passage of the omnibus appropriations bill.  

“Today, I joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle to prioritize crucial programs that keep our country running. With this bill, we are able to provide robust resources to protect and enhance our national security, provide housing assistance to our nation's most vulnerable, and permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. I want to commend Speaker Ryan and Chairman Rogers for their leadership in negotiating and finalizing this legislation. I look forward to beginning the 2016 appropriations process in the new year.”

Congressman Diaz-Balart, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, was successful in including the following items in the appropriations omnibus:

  • $130 million for ongoing Everglades restoration efforts
  • $64.1 million for continued improvements to the Herbert Hoover Dike
  • $7.5 million to combat the damaging effects of citrus greening disease
  • An increase in resources for SOUTHCOM to support intelligence and surveillance activities and counter-narcotics
  • Permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund
  • Housing assistance to our nation's most vulnerable
    • Fully fund Section 8 vouchers and public housing assistance
    • $433 million for housing for the elderly
    • $151 million for housing for persons with disabilities
    • $60 million for housing for homeless veterans
  • Increase to rail safety programs
  • $4.9 billion for TSA, including funding to improve passenger screening operations, equipment, training, and other protocols, as well as enhancements to intelligence and vetting programs
  • $3.1 billion to keep our commitment to Israel
  • $30 million towards spinal cord injury (SCI) research for competitive grant funding for institutions such as The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
  • $32.1 billion for the NIH, with specific increases to Alzheimer’s research, brain research, and antibiotic research
  • 1.3% pay raise for members of the armed forces
  • Prohibiting the IRS from targeting groups based on ideological beliefs
  • Prohibiting the IRS from targeting individuals based on their First Amendment Rights