WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House passed a budget resolution which would begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
"Today, House Republicans passed what is just the first step in replacing our flawed and broken healthcare system. It has negatively affected families across the country, and I refuse to accept this status quo. Premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed, coverage options have significantly decreased, and many insurance providers have left the exchanges. 70% of the original state exchanges have collapsed completely. Rest assured that I and my Republican colleagues will not allow the healthcare market to continue to crumble.
"Americans deserve to see the doctors they choose at a price they can afford. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the incoming administration to make coverage affordable, flexible, and patient-centered."
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement condemning the Obama administration announcement that it would end special privileges for Cubans who attempt to escape the brutal oppression of the Castro regime.
"With just eight days left in his administration, President Obama has found one more way to frustrate the democratic aspirations of the Cuban people and provide yet another shameful concession to the Castro regime. Under President Obama's misguided view, after having removed the Castro regime from the state sponsor of terror list and granting diplomatic recognition, the next logical step is denying oppressed Cubans the presumption of political asylum.
"Since 1966, the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act has provided a lifeline to generations of Cubans fleeing oppression. Many made the treacherous journey to begin their lives anew in freedom, and others perished trying to escape. In addition, the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program provided a way for doctors forced to work under inhumane conditions for paltry salaries in foreign lands to escape their servitude.
"President Obama's policy toward the Castro regime has not improved human rights or increased liberty on the island. To the contrary, documented political arrests reached close to 10,000 in 2016 as renowned activists such as Berta Soler, Danilo Maldonado Machado "El Sexto," and labor activists including Ivan Carrillo Hernandez suffered brutal arrests just in the past few weeks. El Sexto remains in prison today and his American lawyer, Kim Motley, was harassed and interrogated while in Cuba simply for representing him. Cubans are leaving the island in record numbers, and many of the 53 who were released as part of the Obama-Castro deal were subsequently rearrested.
"President Obama's numerous concessions and extension of diplomatic recognition to the murderous Castro regime does not constitute an achievement. To the contrary, his policy has been a succession of betrayals of America's longstanding commitment to human rights and freedom, and a betrayal of the Cuban people who have suffered under oppression for far too long. This last act of diminishing lifelines to Cubans languishing in totalitarianism is one final despicable betrayal of a people who deserve better from an American president.”
WASHINGTON – El congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) hizo la siguiente declaración después de que el Comité Directivo Republicano de la Cámara aprobara su reelección como Presidente del Subcomité de Asignaciones de Transporte, Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano para el 115o Congreso.
"Es un honor presidir el Subcomité de Asignaciones de Transporte, Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano. En los últimos dos años, pude dar prioridad a programas de vivienda y transporte vitales para nuestra comunidad. Bien sea apoyando asistencia para personas sin hogar en el sur de Florida, como abogando con éxito por la designación del suroeste de la Florida como una ‘Zona de promesa’, me siento satisfecho con lo que he podido lograr. La presidencia de este subcomité también otorga a nuestra comunidad una línea directa al liderazgo de dos importantes departamentos del Gabinete.
"Al dar la bienvenida a una nueva Administración, me alegra poder continuar trabajando en asuntos de transporte e infraestructura, ayudando a cubrir las necesidades urgentes en nuestra comunidad y en todo el país.
"Doy las gracias por esta oportunidad al Presidente del Comité de Asignaciones de Presupuestos, el Congresista Frelinghuysen, y estoy deseando continuar nuestro trabajo en el 115o Congreso".
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee approved his re-appointment as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations for the 115th Congress.
“I am honored to continue serving as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. In the last two years, we were able to prioritize vital housing programs and transportation initiatives our community depends on. Whether it is supporting critical homeless assistance grants for South Florida to successfully advocating for Southwest Florida’s designation as a Promise Zone, I am proud of the work I have accomplished. This chairmanship also gives our community a direct line to the leadership of two important Cabinet departments.
“As we welcome a new Administration, I am excited to continue prioritizing transportation and infrastructure, helping address urgent needs in our community and across the country.
“I thank Chairman Frelinghuysen for this opportunity, and I look forward to continue working with him in the 115th Congress.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after reports of an active shooter situation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
“My thoughts are with the victims and their families in the wake of this senseless act of violence. As details continue to emerge, I will work with local, state, and federal authorities as they conduct their investigations. I also want to thank the first responders on the scene for their courage and sacrifice.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) announced he would not seek re-election at the end of the 115th Congress.
“Sam Johnson is a dedicated public servant and a loyal friend. His years spent in the Armed Forces and at the hands of the enemy at the Hanoi Hilton did not disillusion him. Like a true patriot, Sam came back fighting for our country, first in the Air Force, then later in Congress. One of the biggest privileges I’ve had in life is the opportunity to work with and get to know this American legend and hero.
“With deep admiration: thank you for your service, Congressman. You will be greatly missed in the halls of the People’s House.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 11, which denounces and objects to the recently passed anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution.
“By refusing to veto the United Nations Security Council vote, the Obama Administration once again undermined Israel, one of our strongest allies. I am proud to have voted for today's House Resolution that supports Israel and bilateral negotiations towards a peace agreement. Our current President has shamefully failed to stand up to our enemies and defend our allies. I look forward to working with President-elect Trump to reverse eight years of egregious foreign policy that has weakened our country and our allies, and emboldened our enemies.”
NAPLES – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after it was announced the Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Pride was selected to participate in the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Parade. Diaz-Balart sent a letter in support in November that was included as part of the Marching Pride’s application.
"I congratulate the Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Pride on their invitation to participate in the Inaugural Parade. I was proud to have supported the Marching Pride through the application process, and was impressed by their performance and lengthy list of awards. I look forward to welcoming them to Washington as they showcase their talents for the American people to enjoy."
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement to mark two years since President Obama began his policy of appeasement toward the Castro regime. Since his policy began, oppression on the island has increased significantly, and thousands of Cubans are risking their lives to escape.
"Two years since President Obama's full appeasement policy toward the Castro dictatorship began, conditions on the island have only worsened. Political arrests have reached a staggering 9,484 this year, while thousands more have risked their lives to escape. President Obama's policy encourages U.S. currency to the nearly exclusive benefit of state-run industries including those run by the Cuban military, and has done nothing to help the Cuban people. To the contrary, his policy has further emboldened the regime to intensify its oppression and continue its anti-American activities. I look forward to working with the incoming President to reverse this failed approach and pursue a policy that furthers American interests and respects the democratic aspirations of the Cuban people."
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) announced the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for Florida’s 25th District. The winners were selected by an independent panel of local technology and STEM leaders who served as judges. From the 25th District, twenty-one students from three schools submitted seven original student-created apps.
1st Place: “Deepstone” created by Blake Anderson and William Pembleton from Gulf Coast High School in Naples. (Pictured with Congressman Diaz-Balart and Miami-Dade County School Board Member Susie V. Castillo)
2nd Place: “HW Tracker” created by Carolina Aguilar, Juancruz Gamero, and Nicholas Schnoor from Ronald Reagan High School in Doral. (Juancruz and Carolina pictured with Congressman Diaz-Balart)
3rd Place: “Hit or Miss” created by Elizabeth Berenguer, Albert Charles, and Emilio De Leon from Jose Marti MAST Academy in Hialeah. (Emilio and Elizabeth pictured with Congressman Diaz-Balart)
The Congressional App Challenge is a congressional initiative, managed by the Internet Education Foundation [IEF], a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was first established by the Congressional Internet Caucus in 2014, and Co-Chairs Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo spearheaded the effort. In 2016, the App Challenge had 123 successful App Challenges hosted by Members of Congress, over 2100 student participants, and more than 650 original student-created apps submitted.
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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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Always an honor to meet w/Cuban freedom fighters: former political prisoners + Christian Liberation Movement ldrs… https://t.co/GJwlwKb5gJ
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As Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee chair, I am anxious to be helpful on transit projects in South Florida
Always an honor to meet w/Cuban freedom fighters: former political prisoners and Christian Liberation Movement leaders #grupo75 #mcl #paya
Leading up to this weekend's Inauguration events, I welcomed constituents from Florida's 25th District to an open house. I truly enjoyed speaking
And there they are! Congrats to Palmetto Ridge Marching Pride for a great performance during the Inaugural Parade!
Agree with Speaker Ryan: Vice President Pence will always be part of the People's House. Looking forward to working together again 🇺🇸