Mario Diaz-Balart

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Diaz-Balart Includes Everglades Funding Projects in WRDA Bill

2016/09/28

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA).

“I am pleased to have supported this legislation that invests in our nation’s water infrastructure projects. Across the country, our ports and waterways play a vital role in the economy, as well as in providing a safe and reliable source of drinking water for our communities. As Co-Chair of the Everglades Caucus, I worked with my colleagues to ensure inclusion of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), keeping critical Everglades restoration and preservation projects on track.  The Picayune Strand restoration project was also included, assisting with water flow throughout Southwest Florida and benefiting wildlife habitats and the local ecosystem. Additionally, Port Everglades will be deepened, bringing more jobs and commerce to South Florida, while expanding one of our busiest ports to accommodate more cruise and cargo ships.

“I’d like to thank Speaker Ryan and Chairman Shuster for their leadership on this issue, and for prioritizing our waterways and ecosystems for a stronger economy.”

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 includes the following items that directly impact South Florida:

  • $976 million for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), a part of the Central Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
  • $308 million for Picayune Strand restoration project water flow upgrades
  • $220 million for Port Everglades dredging

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Diaz-Balart: Jose Fernandez's Passing is Tragic Loss for Community

2016/09/25

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez passed away in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

“I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez. The two-time All-Star had defected from the Castro regime with his mother nine years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting them both at a Three Kings Parade, and remember that moment fondly. My wife Tia and I send our condolences to his family who is suffering from this tragic loss.”

 

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Diaz-Balart Supports Legislation to Prohibit Ransom Payments to Iranian Regime

2016/09/23

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, which would prohibit all cash payments to Iran and demand transparency on any future settlements with Iran to ensure funds are not being used to pay ransom.

“This necessary legislation prohibits President Obama – or any future president – from paying ransom for hostages. President Obama's capitulations to the mullahs in Iran, including $1.7 billion in cash, have emboldened the terrorist state. The United States has a longstanding history of never paying for the release of hostages, and of not providing material support to terrorists. Yet President Obama has yielded on both and endangered Americans in doing so.

“President Obama has rewarded one of the world's most dangerous terrorist states with cash and legitimacy, and treated it as an equal rather than the pariah that it is. I commend Speaker Ryan and Chairman Royce for their leadership on this issue to ensure that the United States never pays cash to the regime in Iran in exchange for hostages.”

In addition, this week the House passed H.R. 5461, the Iranian Leadership Transparency Act. This bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to create and maintain a list of funds and assets held by senior Iranian political and military regime officials.
 

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Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen, Curbelo, and Wasserman Schultz Meet with Mayors Gimenez and Levine

2016/09/22

WASHINGTON – Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement after meeting with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine regarding the continuing battle against the Zika virus in South Florida.

“This morning I met with Mayor Gimenez and my colleagues from Florida to discuss urgently-needed funding to address the growing crisis of Zika. Mayor Gimenez was able to speak to the conditions in South Florida, which has become ground zero for this disease.  We all agree that funding needs to be passed as quickly as possible. I strongly believe that we need to provide every penny needed to fight this disease, and not one dollar less. This virus poses a threat to every Floridian, and I am confident we will be able to secure funding to protect the lives of unborn babies and their families,” said Rep. Diaz-Balart.

"South Florida is ground zero for Zika and we need Congress to step in to help us keep our millions of residents and visitors safe," said Mayor Gimenez. “I appreciate the full support of our state delegation as we continue to urge Congress to provide the funding our community urgently needs."

"With the rest of our Miami-Dade Congressional delegation, I will continue demanding that Congress set aside partisan politics and live up to its obligation to families and residents in South Florida by passing a comprehensive funding bill with no policy riders once and for all.  Our community deserves better, the time for federal action is now. I have communicated to the leadership in the House my deep frustration with the paralysis of appropriating funds to fight this public health menace. Our South Florida Congressional delegation stands united in a bipartisan manner in our deep disappointment with the dysfunction of this broken system. We have been saying loud and clear: stop the political gamesmanship and pass a full funding Zika bill now. It is way overdue,” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen.

“Today’s meeting further proves that Florida legislators from both parties and elected leaders at all levels are taking this issue seriously. We have seen firsthand the impact of Zika on our neighborhoods. For Floridians it represents both an economic and public health threat. Today, we once again come together to urge Congress to pass a clean Zika bill to fund response efforts long-term, and I'm confident that the concerns of our South Florida community will soon be addressed,” said Rep. Curbelo.

"As I've advocated for months, along with my South Florida colleagues, we need a clean Zika funding bill to attack this crisis, and it is long past time for House Republican Leadership to stop playing politics with people's lives. We cannot allow extraneous political issues to interfere with our public health response - especially for a disease that overwhelmingly affects pregnant women and potential mothers-to-be," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz.

"It is important that legislators like Mayors Gimenez and Levine today, and Governor Scott last week, are coming to Washington to discuss our efforts to end the spread of Zika and join Florida’s congressional delegation in the fight for a clean bill to swat, drain and repel this terrible virus," said Congresswoman Wilson.  "We are excited about the lifting of the travel advisory for Wynwood, which is in my district, but our work isn't done until we have ended the Zika threat.  I remain committed to passing a clean Zika bill and securing the funding needed to achieve our goal,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson.


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Diaz-Balart: Legislation Will Support Citrus Growers Across Florida

2016/09/21

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3957, the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act.

“Today's legislation will help the hardworking citrus growers in the Sunshine State. For over a decade, our citrus groves have battled citrus greening, which has caused billions in economic damage to one of Florida’s most important industries.  This bill will help struggling citrus growers get back on their feet by allowing them to immediately expense the cost of planting new citrus trees.  My colleagues and I have succeeded in securing vital research dollars for greening, and this legislation is another important step towards aiding one of Florida’s signature industries.  By helping growers replant, we can support the citrus industry and also quickly replace the citrus production that our entire country depends on. I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation, and I commend Congressman Buchanan on his leadership. I urge the Senate to consider it expeditiously.”
 

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POTUS Claims to Oppose Authoritarianism at UN, While Repressive Regimes Meet Under His Nose

2016/09/20

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after reports of Iran’s Hassan Rouhani meeting with Raul and Fidel Castro.  Meanwhile, President Obama told world leaders to reject authoritarianism at the United Nations General Assembly this morning.

"On the heels of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela, Iran's Hassan Rouhani traveled to Havana to meet with the Castro brothers to further their dangerous, anti-American agenda.

“The repressive dictatorships in Iran and Cuba have another trait in common: they have gained unwarranted concessions from a U.S. President. In response to President Obama's capitulations, the regime in Iran has responded with threats to annihilate the U.S. and Israel, while acting with increasingly dangerous and provocative aggression to the U.S. military. Meanwhile, the regime in Cuba continues to harbor fugitives from U.S. justice and is on track to perpetrate more political arrests this year than the 8,616 documented arrests in 2015. President Obama's misguided policy toward these brutal regimes has thrown a lifeline to their struggling economies and encouraged an even cozier relationship between two of America's foes.

“Regrettably, President Obama's policy of appeasement has made the world a more dangerous place for Americans. While the Castro brothers hosted the titular head of a terrorist state just ninety miles from our shores, President Obama encouraged others in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly to oppose authoritarianism and the politics of ‘the strong man.’ Unfortunately, the President's words do not match his deeds. Instead, President Obama chose to legitimize and embolden oppressive tyrants in Iran and Cuba with weakened sanctions and engagement. By coddling and strengthening the oppressors, he has failed the oppressed who struggle to achieve democracy and human rights in two of the most repressive corners of the globe.”

 

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Díaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen, Curbelo, Bilirakis, y Wilson se reúnen con el gobernador Scott

2016/09/15

WASHINGTON - Los representantes Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) y Frederica Wilson (FL-24) hicieron estas declaraciones después de reunirse con el gobernador de Florida, Rick Scott, en Washington, D.C. para comentar sus continuos esfuerzos para erradicar el virus Zika.

Rep. Diaz-Balart: "La reunión de hoy con el gobernador Scott sigue poniendo de relieve su liderazgo en el tema del Zika. Desde el primer momento, el gobernador Scott ha trabajado sin descanso para abogar a favor de la Florida para conseguir fondos federales para responder al Zika. También aseguró que el estado estaba haciendo su parte y utilizando todos sus recursos. Sé que necesitamos urgentemente esta financiación aquí en la Florida. Me he reunido con oficiales electos a nivel local y estatal, así como con los departamentos de control de mosquitos a nivel condado que están en primera línea de lucha contra el virus. Sigo comprometido con aprobar inmediatamente la financiación para prevenir, tratar y responder al Zika. Como he dicho muchas veces y sigo repitiendo, hay que financiar y gastar cada necesario, ni un centavo menos".

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Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen, Curbelo, Bilirakis, and Wilson Meet with Governor Scott

2016/09/14

WASHINGTON – Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) released the following statement after meeting with Florida Governor Rick Scott in Washington, D.C. to discuss their continued efforts to eradicate the Zika virus in Florida.

Rep. Diaz-Balart: "Today's meeting with Governor Scott continues to highlight his leadership on the issue. Since the first threat of this disease, Governor Scott has worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of the Sunshine State for federal funding to combat the Zika virus. He also ensured the state was doing its part and utilizing all of its resources. I know how urgently we need this funding here in Florida. I have met with elected leaders at the local and state level, as well as those at the county mosquito control departments who are battling the virus on the front lines. I remain committed to passing immediate Zika funding to prevent, treat, and respond to this disease. As I've said many times, and continue to emphasize, we must fund and spend every dollar needed, and not one penny less."

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: “The South Florida Congressional delegation remains united in demanding that both the House and Senate put politics aside and do their jobs by passing a comprehensive funding bill that will provide our community with the tools it needs to stop and eradicate the Zika virus once and for all. This is the right thing to do for families in South Florida and across our nation. In our meeting with Governor Scott, I stressed the importance of accurate, transparent, and timely communications from FDOH about the Zika threat in our community so that residents and visitors alike can make informed decisions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. We continue to learn important lessons about Zika and the efficacy of our own emergency response efforts, but our community deserves even more transparency and cooperation between federal, state and local agencies during the difficult road ahead as we work to eliminate the virus and its invasive mosquito host.”

Rep. Curbelo: “I thank Governor Scott for meeting with Members of the House and Senate to discuss the need to pass funding for Zika eradication efforts. Zika is both a public health and economic issue for our South Florida community, and Congress has been too slow to act. I implore my colleagues to rise above politics and pass a clean bill that will help American families who are suffering at the hands of this disease.”

Rep. Bilirakis: “I reiterated my support to the Governor for proper funding for Florida’s Zika public health crisis.  I’ve discussed the issue of Zika with leadership of HHS, FDA, CDC and NIH, and have been involved in emergency response oversight since February.  Florida is on the front lines in the fight to combat Zika.  Additional funds would help us better detect the virus, study its affects, ensure patients have access to the care they need, and prevent the spread of Zika.  We must do all we can to stay ahead of a potential explosive outbreak – to do this, we must attack Zika head on in our state.”

Congresswoman Wilson: “Today we had a good and productive meeting with Governor Scott. It is gratifying to know that we are on the same page about the urgent nature of the Zika outbreak in our state and its impact on both public health and Florida’s economy. We also are in complete agreement about the need for Congress to pass a clean bill as quickly as possible. We need a bill without any policy riders or poison pills. That’s all we’re asking for and that’s all Governor Scott is asking for.”


Governor Scott meets with members of the South Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C. From (l):
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Governor Scott, and Rep. Diaz-Balart.

 

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Díaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen, Curbelo, Bilirakis, y Wilson se reúnen con el gobernador Scott

2016/09/14

WASHINGTON - Los representantes Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) y Frederica Wilson (FL-24) hicieron estas declaraciones después de reunirse con el gobernador de Florida, Rick Scott, en Washington, D.C. para comentar sus continuos esfuerzos para erradicar el virus Zika.

Rep. Diaz-Balart: "La reunión de hoy con el gobernador Scott sigue poniendo de relieve su liderazgo en el tema del Zika. Desde el primer momento, el gobernador Scott ha trabajado sin descanso para abogar a favor de la Florida para conseguir fondos federales para responder al Zika. También aseguró que el estado estaba haciendo su parte y utilizando todos sus recursos. Sé que necesitamos urgentemente esta financiación aquí en la Florida. Me he reunido con oficiales electos a nivel local y estatal, así como con los departamentos de control de mosquitos a nivel condado que están en primera línea de lucha contra el virus. Sigo comprometido con aprobar inmediatamente la financiación para prevenir, tratar y responder al Zika. Como he dicho muchas veces y sigo repitiendo, hay que financiar y gastar cada necesario, ni un centavo menos".

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As Venezuelan People Suffer, Maduro Regime Hosts Lavish Summit

2016/09/13

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement on the evening before the Non-Aligned Movement Summit begins in Venezuela. 

"On the eve of the 'Non-Aligned Summit' in Venezuela, there have already been reports of intimidation and fears from protesters of acts of retaliation.  Just last week, opposition leader Henrique Capriles was threatened at an airport by a group of armed regime thugs. While Venezuelans starve, inflation remains in triple digits, and many suffer from lack of basic medicines, the Maduro regime is spending extravagantly to prepare for summit attendees. As the Venezuelan people suffer at the hands of the Maduro regime, these delegates will feast on champagne, luxurious food, and will be greeted by a gaudy statue of Hugo Chavez recently erected outside the summit's hotel.  Such lavish spending in the midst of this crisis reveals once again that the Maduro regime cares only about maintaining its ever tightening grip on power, and not the well-being of the Venezuelan people."
 

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Diaz-Balart speaks in support of Everglades and Florida's ecosystem

2016-04-19 22:28:54


Diaz-Balart on Fox Business Channel's Mornings with Maria

2016-03-22 19:09:24


Congressman Diaz-Balart's Opening Statement During House Budget Mark-Up for FY17

2016-03-16 16:46:28


Diaz-Balart Questions Secretary Lew About Eased Sanctions to Castro Regime

2016-03-15 21:46:53


Secretary Kerry Can't Provide Any Evidence of Improved Human Rights in Cuba

2016-02-24 18:26:48


Congressman Diaz-Balart's Reaction to the Pope's Address

2015-09-24 19:15:54


Congressional Veterans Commendation

2015-09-11 16:54:02


Congressman Diaz-Balart speaks out against the Iran deal

2015-09-10 21:22:14


Congressman Diaz-Balart Celebrates FIU's 50th Anniversary

2015-06-22 15:04:20


Diaz-Balart Speaks Against Amendment That Benefits Castro Regime's Military

2015-06-03 13:24:29


Diaz-Balart Supports FY16 Budget Resolution

2015-04-30 23:22:57


Congressman Diaz-Balart Discusses Importance of Everglades Funding

2015-04-30 13:47:41


Congressman Diaz-Balart - Opening Remarks at 2015 Budget Conference

2015-04-20 20:53:52


Rep. Diaz-Balart discusses security concerns in Central America, 3-24-15

2015-03-25 13:31:30


Diaz-Balart questions Sec. of the Navy Mabus at Defense Subcommittee

2015-02-26 22:17:43


Congressman Diaz-Balart questions Secretary Kerry at SFOPS Hearing, 2-25-15

2015-02-26 16:20:37


Congressman Diaz-Balart speaks on the House floor in support of Cuba's freedom

2015-01-13 15:38:23


Rep. Diaz-Balart on CNN with John Berman and Michaela Pereira

2014-12-18 22:20:15


Rep. Diaz-Balart on Fox News' America's News HQ with Martha MacCallum

2014-12-18 22:18:07


Rep. Diaz-Balart on Morning Joe re: outrageous unilateral concessions to Castro regime

2014-12-18 14:58:57


Contact Information

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Phone 202-225-4211
Fax 202-225-8576
mariodiazbalart.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Appropriations

Mario Diaz-Balart is currently fulfilling his 6th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the beginning of the 112th Congress, Diaz-Balart was asked to serve on one of the most prestigious committees: House Committee on Appropriations.  As part of the House Committee on Appropriations, he sits on three of its subcommittees: State and Foreign Operations, Commerce, Justice, and Science, and as Vice-Chair of Financial Services.

Diaz-Balart was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 to represent Florida’s 25th Congressional district, which at the time, covered portions of Miami-Dade County, Collier County, and Monroe County.  Diaz-Balart continued to represent the three counties until 2010, when he ran unopposed for Florida’s 21st Congressional district. After the 2012 redistricting cycle, he ran for the newly redrawn 25th Congressional district, to which he was elected. The 25th district now includes parts of Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, and Hendry Counties.

Prior to his time in Congress, Diaz-Balart served 14 years in the Florida State Legislature in both chambers, House and Senate.  At age 31, Diaz-Balart became the youngest person ever elected to the Florida Senate, as well as the first Hispanic to serve as Chair of the Combined Appropriations / Ways and Means / Finance and Tax Committee. During his tenure in the state legislature, he consistently ranked among the most effective legislators in Florida, developing a reputation as a budget hawk, and supporting minority voting rights.

In Washington, Diaz-Balart has worked tireless to make American homes and communities safer and stronger in the face of hurricanes and other natural disasters. In 2013, he introduced the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (H.R. 1878), legislation that would provide financial incentives to states that adopt and enforce nationally recognized model building codes. These states would also qualify for an additional 4 percent of funding for hazard mitigation grants. That same year, he introduced the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act (H.R. 2241), which would incentivize home and building owners to utilize resilient construction methods when building and renovating home and commercial structures in federally declared disaster areas. Over the long run, both of these bills would save hard-earned taxpayer dollars and minimize the risk of property damage, but more importantly, would reduce the loss of life.

Diaz-Balart has also been a strong proponent of improving public safety and transportation.  Throughout his tenure in Congress, Diaz-Balart has helped deliver millions of federal dollars for the I-75 widening project and Miami-Dade Transit. As a true South Floridian, the Everglades restoration has been an ongoing project for Diaz-Balart. As founder and co-chairman of the Everglades Caucus, he has consistently fought to secure billions for the overall restoration and prevented massive funding cuts in recent years. Diaz-Balart has promoted hurricane preparedness and ensured federal relief for Florida in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita.

Diaz-Balart was born on September 25, 1961 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Rafael and Hilda Diaz-Balart, and the youngest of four brothers (Rafael, Lincoln, and Jose). He studied Political Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Diaz-Balart currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and son.


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