Mario Diaz-Balart

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Declaración de Diaz-Balart y Ros-Lehtinen sobre la orden ejecutiva de inmigración del Presidente

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON- El Congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) y la Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) emitieron la siguiente declaración con respeto a la orden ejecutiva del Presidente Obama sobre inmigración: “El Presidente Obama dijo, ‘yo soy el presidente de Estados Unidos, no el emperador de Estados Unidos.’ También declaró que actuando unilateralmente, ‘se ignora la ley de una forma que yo considero muy difícil de defender legalmente.’ Ahora, el Presidente dice que tiene la autoridad para no deportar. La pregunta debe ser obvia: ¿por qué deportó a más de dos millones de personas, dividiendo familias, cuando, según él, podía evitarlo?,” declararon Díaz-Balart y Ros-Lehtinen.  “Aunque estamos de acuerdo con algunas de las medidas anunciadas,” continuaron diciendo Díaz-Balart y Ros-Lehtinen, “la orden ejecutiva del Presidente dificulta aún más la aprobación de una reforma justa y razonable del sistema de inmigración de nuestro país. Seguimos creyendo que tenemos que lograr una medida legislativa bipartidista que asegure las fronteras, ofrezca una solución permanente y humanitaria a los indocumentados, respete el estado de derecho, modernice el sistema de visas y ayude a la economía. La orden ejecutiva del Presidente no resolverá ninguno de estos temas.” “Después de las recientes elecciones, el Presidente Obama dijo que deseaba trabajar con el nuevo Congreso. Pero hoy ha demostrado que no tiene la intención de hacerlo. Desafortunadamente, sus decisiones dividirán aún más a nuestro país. Seguimos comprometidos con buscar una solución legislativa bipartidista que logre unir a la mayoría del Congreso y al pueblo de Estados Unidos sobre esta tema tan importante,” concluyeron Diaz-Balart y Ros-Lehtinen.   ### Read More

Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Statement on the President’s Executive Order

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) released the following statement concerning President Obama’s executive order on immigration: “As President Obama has stated, ‘I am President of the United States, not the Emperor of the United States.’ He further stated that acting unilaterally is ‘ignoring the law in a way that I believe would be very difficult to defend legally.’ Now, the President says he has the authority to stop deportations. It begs the question – why did President Obama deport more than two million people, dividing families, when according to him, it could have been avoided?” stated Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen. “While we agree on the merits of some of the announced measures,” continued Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen, “the President’s executive order makes it more difficult to pass a commonsense solution to our country’s broken immigration system. We continue to believe that we must find a bipartisan, legislative solution to strengthen our borders, offer a permanent and humane solution to those living in the shadows, adhere to the rule of law, modernize our antiquated visa system, and bolster the economy. None of this is accomplished by the President’s executive order.” “Shortly after this year’s election, President Obama said he was willing to work together with the new Congress. He has now clearly demonstrated that he has no intention of doing so. His actions will unfortunately further divide our country.  We are committed to finding a bipartisan, legislative solution that will unite a majority of Congress and the American people on this critical issue,” said Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen. ### Read More

Diaz-Balart designado Presidente de la Subcomisión de Transporte de la Comisión de Asignaciones

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON- El Congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) emitió la siguiente declaración hoy tras ser designado Presidente de la Subcomisión de Transporte, Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de la Comisión de Asignaciones de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos:  "Es un honor presidir el Subcomisión de Transporte, Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano. Será un privilegio trabajar con el Presidente de la Comisión de Asignaciones, Hal Rogers, y los otros miembros de la comisión para intentar solucionar los problemas de transporte y de vivienda de nuestra nación. Es de suma importancia dar prioridad a iniciativas para mejorar el transporte en  nuestras comunidades, así como para proporcionar soluciones de vivienda para los más necesitados. Trabajaré incansablemente para mantener los niveles de trabajo y ética establecidos por el ex Presidente de la Subcomisión Tom Latham, y la tradición establecida por el ex Congresista Bill Lehman del sur de la Florida, que también sirvió en esta posición. "Le doy las gracias al Presidente de la Comisión Rogers por su liderazgo, por su amistad, y especialmente, por esta extraordinaria oportunidad para servir a nuestra gran nación.” ###   Read More

Diaz-Balart Selected as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee approved his appointment as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations in the 114th Congress: “I am honored to have been chosen to chair the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development. I look forward to working with House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and other committee members to best solve our nation’s transportation and housing issues. It is of utmost importance that we prioritize transportation initiatives that will improve our local communities, while also providing housing solutions for those most in need. I will work tirelessly to uphold the high standards established by former Subcommittee Chairmen, including the Honorable Tom Latham and our very own South Floridian, the Honorable Bill Lehman. “I would like to thank Chairman Rogers for this opportunity and am grateful for his continued friendship and leadership.” ### Read More

Diaz-Balart Honors Local Veterans with the Congressional Veteran Commendation

2014/11/06

MIAMI — Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) honored a group of local veterans for their service in the United States Armed Forces. The Congressional Veteran Commendation is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of veterans residing in Florida’s 25th Congressional District. The honorees, listed below, will be interviewed and their wartime collections will be added to the Veterans History Project, sponsored by the Library of Congress. Petty Officer Second Class Joseph Randolph Alcala – United States Navy, Miami Major Randolph Boyd Cash – United States Army, Naples Captain Robert Wayne Dorta – United States Army, Naples Sergeant Gregory Moya – United States Marine Corps, Hialeah Gardens Sergeant First Class Edward Wilhite – United States Army, Hialeah [[{"fid":"305","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"height: 225px; width: 300px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Congressman Diaz-Balart with honorees, from left to right: Major Randolph Boyd Cash, Sergeant Gregory Moya, Petty Officer Second Class Joseph Randolph Alcala, Captain Robert Wayne Dorta, and Sergeant First Class Edward Wilhite. ###   Read More

Diaz-Balart: Our South Florida Hero is Coming Home; Tahmooressi to be Released from Mexican Jail

2014/11/01

WASHINGTON — Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after a spokesperson for the Tahmooressi family confirmed that U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was being released from a Mexican jail after seven months of being wrongfully imprisoned. "I am overjoyed to hear the news of Andrew's release. This Marine Sergeant bravely served his country during two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was unjustly imprisoned for seven months in Mexican jails with deplorable conditions. These last months have been agonizing for his mother Jill and the entire Tahmooressi family. Andrew’s release has been long overdue and it is time that he returned to South Florida so that he may reunite with his family and receive proper treatment to help his battle with PTSD. I am grateful that the work my colleagues and I have done to secure Andrew's release has proven to be successful. It is heroes like Andrew that bring great pride and honor to our beautiful country and I thank him for his service.” Diaz-Balart joined House colleagues in writing numerous letters to both American and Mexican heads of state and officials requesting further information about Tahmooressi’s imprisonment and in search of ways to achieve his release. Diaz-Balart also co-sponsored House Resolution 620, which called for the Marine Sergeant’s immediate release.   ### Read More

Diaz-Balart: Disgraceful that U.S. Sent CDC Official to ALBA Meeting in Havana and Condoned Exploitation of Cuban Doctors

2014/10/30

WASHINGTON — Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after recent press reports that the United States sent a Center for Disease Control (CDC) official to an ALBA (Aliazna Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América) meeting in Havana, where the CDC official condoned the Cuban regime’s use of doctors in West Africa. "It is a disgrace that the United States sent a representative to an ALBA meeting in Havana and praised the Cuban dictatorship for sending forced medical labor to Western Africa.  “ALBA, the brainchild of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, was created solely to oppose U.S. interests in our hemisphere.  It enjoys the support of other anti-American regimes such as Syria and Iran.  That the U.S. would send a representative to such a meeting is by itself ludicrous. “Furthermore, there is nothing charitable about the Cuban dictatorship's actions in Africa, and there is no parity between American doctors, who are expertly trained and voluntarily travel to risky destinations on their own terms, and Cuban medics.  Cuban doctors are hastily trained, poorly equipped, and forced to work in dangerous conditions while most of their pay is siphoned to the Castro dictatorship.  That a U.S. official would condone their overt exploitation is outrageous.  The U.S. does not belong at an ALBA meeting, nor should it applaud the Castro regime's use of forced labor under any circumstances." ### Read More

Diaz-Balart: Completion of Merritt Pump Station Marks Major Milestone for Everglades Restoration

2014/10/24

MIAMI — Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement in celebration of the completion of the Merritt Pump Station, a critical part of the Picayune Strand Restoration Project. This project is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), and the Merritt Pump Station is the first major construction contract to be completed from CERP. “Today’s event marks a major milestone in the restoration of the Everglades. The completion of the Merritt Pump Station is the first major piece of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, which will not only benefit Southwest Florida, but will also show the nation that ecosystem restoration is possible. When the Picayune Strand Project is completed, it will fill in canals, remove roads, and return 55,000 acres of land to its natural splendor. But the impact this will have is even greater – over 70,000 acres of uplands and wetlands will be improved as habitat for Florida’s native wildlife. “I would like to thank Colonel Alan Dodd, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, Blake Guillory, Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Eric Draper, Executive Director of the Audubon Florida for their continued leadership in seeing through CERP’s completion. As founder and co-chair of the Everglades Caucus and a member of the Appropriations committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to make sure these restoration projects are a top priority and receive the critical funding they need.”     ### Read More

Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Applaud TPS Extension and Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON — Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) released the following statements after the Department of Homeland Security took several steps to help Haitians, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans. Temporary Protected Status was extended through July 5, 2016 to eligible Nicaraguan and Honduran nationals. DHS also announced the implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, to begin in early 2015. "I commend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for extending Temporary Protected Status to Nicaraguans and Hondurans. As President Bush had done previously, we are recognizing the countless contributions these individuals have made to the United States. I am gratified that the Obama Administration acknowledged their importance by extending TPS.  I also commend DHS for following broad bipartisan urging from Members of Congress to initiate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. I have long advocated for a program that will allow Haitians to reunite with family members who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, especially those still suffering from the 2010 earthquake.  I am glad that the specific circumstances within Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua have been recognized. Through these programs, we can continue to strengthen and enrich our local communities," said Diaz-Balart. "I am pleased that once again the Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status benefits to eligible nationals of Nicaragua and Honduras. With their energy and drive, these individuals have integrated into our communities and continue to contribute to our country's diverse social fabric and economy. I am also encouraged that this Administration has finally created the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, modeled after the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, which will assist in accelerating Haiti's recovery efforts. This idea has strong bipartisan support because it will bring much needed relief and security to Haiti and help build a brighter future to the Haitian people, who have suffered greatly after the tragic 2010 earthquake," said Ros-Lehtinen. ### Read More

Diaz-Balart: UN’s Mission Undermined by Venezuela’s UNSC Seat

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON —Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Security Council.  "It is outrageous that Venezuela was elected to the UN Security Council.  The very purposes of the United Nations in protecting human rights and promoting peace among nations are further undermined by Venezuela's position in the Security Council.  In addition, the Obama administration's latest failure in diplomacy has diminished the integrity of the UN system and called into question the UN's ability to fulfill its mission.  Venezuela's human rights abuses and destabilizing efforts throughout the world should have disqualified it for that key UN post.  Regrettably, the Maduro regime's inclusion, and its inevitable opposition to U.S. interests in the Security Council, will only exacerbate the surmounting challenges facing the international community at this time."   ### Read More

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Committee Assignments

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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Ted Yoho

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Ander Crenshaw

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Ron DeSantis

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John Mica

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Bill Posey

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Daniel Webster

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Rich Nugent

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Dennis Ross

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Curt Clawson

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