Mario Diaz-Balart

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Díaz-Balart: sanciones contra Maduro envían mensaje inequívoco

2017/07/31

WASHINGTON – El congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) hizo la siguiente declaración después de que el gobierno de Trump anunció sanciones contra el dictador venezolano Nicolás Maduro. La semana pasada, el Presidente Trump anunció sanciones contra trece miembros del régimen venezolano y dejó claro que habría sanciones adicionales si el régimen seguía adelante con su fraudulenta asamblea constituyente.

“La semana pasada, cuando sancionó a trece miembros del régimen de Maduro, el Presidente Trump advirtió que si el régimen seguía adelante con su asamblea constituyente ilegal habría consecuencias graves. La sanción de hoy a Nicolás Maduro es un mensaje inequívoco para él y otros dictadores del mundo que los Estados Unidos no aceptará a regímenes opresivos.

“Durante casi dos décadas, el pueblo venezolano ha sufrido bajo una creciente opresión. Las cuatro rondas de sanciones que el gobierno de Trump ha emitido en los últimos seis meses expresan su solidaridad con los venezolanos que luchan por su libertad, a la vez que condenan a los matones que los oprimen. Felicito al Presidente Trump y a su gobierno por tomar una posición firme contra la opresión. A medida que seguimos apoyando al heroico pueblo venezolano y sus aspiraciones democráticas, seguiré trabajando estrechamente con nuestro gobierno y mis colegas del Congreso para asegurar que se restablezcan sus derechos y libertades fundamentales”.

 


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Diaz-Balart: Sanctions Against Maduro Send Definitive Message

2017/07/31

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced sanctions against Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. Last week, President Trump announced sanctions against 13 Venezuelan regime operatives, and made it clear he was ready to issue more sanctions should the Maduro regime move forward with the Constituent Assembly.

“When he issued sanctions last week against 13 operatives of the Maduro regime, President Trump warned: should the Maduro regime move forward with the illegal Constituent Assembly, there would be grave consequences.  Today's sanctioning of Nicolas Maduro is a bold and definitive message to him and other ruthless dictators around the globe that the United States will not coddle oppressive regimes. 

“For almost two decades, the Venezuelan people have suffered under increasing oppression. The four rounds of sanctions that the Trump Administration has issued over the last six months have expressed solidarity with freedom-seeking Venezuelans while opposing the thugs that repress them.  I commend President Trump and his administration for taking a tough stand against oppression.  As we continue to support the Venezuelan people in their democratic aspirations, I look forward to continuing to work with this Administration and my congressional colleagues to impose additional sanctions as needed and ensure that basic rights and liberties are restored.”
 

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Diaz-Balart Condemns Sham Elections and Vows Solidarity with Venezuelan People

2017/07/31

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement in response to yet another blatant power grab by the Maduro regime.

“Yesterday’s sham election was yet another shameless assault on democracy and the rule of law by the Maduro regime.  The illegal attempt to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution reveals once again that Maduro and his cronies will stop at nothing in their desperate bid to cling to power. 

“I commend the Trump administration for refusing to recognize the results of yesterday’s illegitimate vote, as well as the refusal of a growing number of other countries to recognize the results, including Argentina, Panama, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Paraguay, and Spain.  The United States will continue to stand solidly with the people of Venezuela as they struggle against the oppressive Maduro regime to restore the basic rights and liberties to which all people are entitled.  ”
 

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Diaz-Balart Votes to Support Military, Protect National Security

2017/07/27

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act. This legislation included the Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch FY18 appropriations funding.

“Today’s legislation ensures the security and protection of the American people, here at home and across the globe. From our military to our energy programs, the legislation funds the most important and vital components to our national security. This year’s funding for the Department of Defense is increased by 13% above last year’s, reflecting the urgent need to maintain American dominance in the global arena. It funds a 2.4% pay raise for our troops, who selflessly risk their lives for freedom every day. The $78.3 billion included for the Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrates our commitment to serving veterans across the United States. In a time where we face nuclear threats from enemies like North Korea and Iran, the legislation increases funding for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons program to $13.9 billion. It also provides funding to support the U.S. Capitol Police, providing security to the countless visitors, staff, and Members of Congress who walk the halls of our legislative body.

“I commend Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairmen Granger, Simpson, Dent, and Yoder for their efforts on getting this legislation passed. I will continue to work with them and our Appropriations Committee colleagues to ensure the safety and security of the American people.”
 

Highlights from the legislation include:

  • $76.5 million for Everglades restoration
  • $82 million for the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation
  • $68.1 billion for the Department of Defense, 13% above FY17 level
  • $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to ensure troops have proper training and equipment they need
  • $13.9 billion for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons security programs
  • $9.6 billion for the Department of Energy’s energy research programs
  • $1.4 billion for military family housing construction, operations, and maintenance
  • $78.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:
    • $69 billion for VA medical care ($8.4 billion in mental healthcare services, $186 million for suicide prevention treatment, and $50 million for opioid abuse prevention),
    • $65 million for the VA electronic health record system,
    • $753 million for construction within the VA system
  • $422.5 million for the U.S. Capitol Police
  • $468 million for the Library of Congress

 

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Diaz-Balart Commends Further Sanctions Against Oppressive Maduro Regime

2017/07/26

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced additional sanctions against operatives of the Maduro regime. Earlier this year, Diaz-Balart commended President Trump after he imposed sanctions against Tareck El Aissami, the Vice President, and against the regime’s sham Supreme Court.

“I commend President Trump on his decision to impose more sanctions against members of the Maduro regime in Venezuela.  The people of Venezuela have suffered under brutal repression and a collapsing economy for far too long.  On July 16, millions of Venezuelans rejected Maduro’s plans for another blatant power grab through his ‘Constituent Assembly.’ These sanctions also serve as a warning; should Maduro move forward with Sunday’s planned ‘Constituent Assembly,’ the Trump Administration is ready to proceed with additional sanctions.  As Maduro continues to subvert Venezuela’s democratic institutions and undermine the rule of law, the Trump administration and the American people stand with the people of Venezuela in opposing Maduro’s shameless assaults on democracy.”

On July 18th, Diaz-Balart joined a group of bipartisan colleagues in a letter to President Trump, condemning the Constituent Assembly that is planned for July 30th.         

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Díaz-Balart elogia sanciones adicionales al régimen opresivo de Maduro

2017/07/26

WASHINGTON – El congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) hizo la siguiente declaración con respecto a las sanciones adicionales anunciadas por la administración Trump contra el régimen de Maduro. A principios de este año, Díaz-Balart elogió al presidente Trump después de que impusiera sanciones contra Tareck El Aissami, el vicepresidente, y contra la falsa Corte Suprema del régimen.

"Felicito al Presidente Trump por su decisión de imponer más sanciones al régimen de Maduro en Venezuela. El pueblo de Venezuela ha sufrido demasiado tiempo bajo una represión brutal y una economía colapsada. El 16 de julio, millones de venezolanos rechazaron los planes de Maduro de robarse aún más poder con su ‘asamblea constituyente’. Las sanciones de hoy también son una advertencia; si Maduro sigue adelante con la 'asamblea constituyente' prevista para el domingo, la administración Trump está dispuesta a proceder con incluso más sanciones, aparte de las anunciadas hoy.  Mientras Maduro sigue subvirtiendo las instituciones democráticas de Venezuela, la administración Trump y el pueblo estadounidense se unen al pueblo de Venezuela para oponerse a los descarados asaltos a la democracia de Maduro".

El pasado 18 de julio, Díaz-Balart se unió a un grupo de colegas bipartidistas en una carta al Presidente Trump, condenando la asamblea constituyente que está prevista para el 30 de julio.

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Diaz-Balart Votes to Strengthen Sanctions Against Russian, Iranian, North Korean Regimes

2017/07/25

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3364, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. This legislation targets the regimes of Russia, Iran and North Korea.

“Today, I voted to support legislation that will enhance sanctions against regimes that threaten U.S. national security interests. North Korea is developing nuclear weapons that endanger American cities, Iran continues to fund Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and Russia is responsible for ongoing cyberattacks that undermine many countries, including our own. By strengthening sanctions against these countries and their agents, we are sending a message to Kim Jong-un, the mullahs in Iran, and Putin: the United States will not tolerate your actions, and there will be severe consequences. Congress remains firm against repressive regimes, and we will not stand idly by while they continue to pose a significant threat to our country, our national security interests, and our allies.”

Later this week, the House is expected to consider H.Res 317, a resolution cosponsored by Diaz-Balart, which calls for the unconditional release of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are held for political purposes by the Government of Iran. Similarly, Diaz-Balart is an original cosponsor of H.Res 185, which calls on Iran to assist in the return of South Florida resident Bob Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 and is the longest-held U.S. civilian in history. Diaz-Balart also cosponsored the State Sanctions Against Iranian Terrorism Act, legislation that clarifies and expands the authority of the states to act upon their right to impose sanctions on Iran.

 

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Diaz-Balart: SFOPS Appropriations Keeps U.S. National Security Interests at Forefront, Supports Allies

2017/07/20

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the State and Foreign Operations bill for fiscal year 2018.

“The United States and its allies must be well prepared during times of global instability, like the one we currently face. Our country must assert its dominance in the global arena, keeping our national security interests at the forefront. Supporting strategic allies, including Israel, Jordan, and Georgia, is critical to regional stability. This legislation also provides for the fight against ISIS and other terror groups who encroach on our freedom and American values. At the same time, fighting the war on drugs and curtailing human trafficking will help create stability in Central America and elsewhere. The legislation also creates strict metrics to ensure that Colombia begins to slow down its coca production. Also, by providing funds to democracy programming in Cuba and Venezuela, we are helping the oppressed people of these nations realize their democratic aspirations. This bill goes a long way in supporting our allies, and standing up to our enemies, and I congratulate Subcommittee Chairman Rogers on the committee approval of this legislation.

“Once again, we are moving all twelve bills through regular order, and because of Chairman Frelinghuysen’s leadership, we were able to accomplish this within a month’s time. I especially want to applaud his efforts throughout the entire appropriations process.”

Highlights from the legislation include:

  • $3.1 billion for security assistance to Israel
  • $6 billion to fight HIV/AIDS around the globe
  • $336 million for assistance to Colombia, including economic support funds, international narcotics control and law enforcement dollars, and foreign military financing
  • $358 million to assist in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist groups
  • $30 million for Cuba democracy programming
  • $8 million for Venezuela democracy programming
  • Increased funding for our strategic allies, including Ukraine, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia
  • $28 million for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting
  • $105 million for the Countering Russian Influence Fund
  • $615 million for United States strategy for engagement in Central America
  • $334 million for the Central America Regional Security Initiative

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Diaz-Balart and Rooney: Interior Appropriations Protects Everglades for Future Generations

2017/07/19

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Francis Rooney (FL-19) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill for fiscal year 2018. These funds are in addition to $76.5 million for Everglades restoration and $82 million for the rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike that were included in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018.

“As Floridians, we are lucky to have natural treasures like Everglades National Park right in our backyards. I am the proud Founder and Co-Chair of the Everglades Caucus, and fighting for the Everglades has always been one of my top priorities in Congress. The funding provided in this legislation continues much needed restoration and revitalization projects. We also included funds for vital scientific research taking place, allowing the U.S. Geological Survey to study and better understand the Everglades ecosystem. Within this bill, funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program is also provided. PILT is a critical program to local governments in Florida, like Collier County, who depend on that money to support first responders and social services,” said Congressman Diaz-Balart.

“I congratulate Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Calvert on their leadership, and I look forward to continue working with them to help preserve the Everglades for future generations,” continued Congressman Diaz-Balart.

Congressman Francis Rooney stated, “Everglades restoration is vital to the ecology and economy of our community. Last evening's appropriations secured the funding necessary to begin advancing key projects that will be ongoing for the next several years. I am thankful to the committee for approving the full funding amount requested by the Department of Interior and I will continue to fight for additional resources from every available source. In a budget year where countless programs are being cut in an effort to address our obscene national debt of $20 trillion, every dollar obtained for the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee Watershed is critical.”

Highlights from the legislation include:

  • $8 million for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), and $46 million for non-CERP Everglades projects
  • $10 million for planning and interagency coordination in support of Everglades restoration
  • $3.4 billion for wildland firefighting and prevention
  • $3.2 billion for the State and Tribal Assistance Grants account
  • $1.5 billion for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Language expressing concerning over Biscayne National Park’s proposed marine reserve zone
  • $465 million for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program
  • $153 million for ecosystem programs under the U.S. Geological Survey, including those in the Everglades
  • $30 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
  • Language supporting the inclusion of Latino contributions in Smithsonian Institute programs, exhibitions, collections, and public outreach

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Diaz-Balart: Labor HHS Appropriations Funds Zika Prevention, NIH Research, Pell Grants

2017/07/19

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill for fiscal year 2018.

“Last summer, the Zika virus became a public health crisis, and we learned that we must be ready to protect our communities and keep our families healthy. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program provides states and local governments with the resources to respond to public health emergencies, like in the aftermath of a natural disaster or an infectious disease outbreak. The National Institutes of Health was also funded to continue research on Alzheimer’s and cancer treatment. It also funds opioid and heroin abuse treatment programs, to combat a drug crisis that is wreaking havoc across the United States. To help vulnerable populations, funding for senior nutrition programs, including Meals on Wheels, is provided. Many Florida students depend on Pell Grants to continue their education, and funding included offers an opportunity to education, regardless of one's means. Early childhood education makes a significant impact in the 25th District, and funding will allow these programs to continue making a difference in our community.

“I congratulate Chairman Frelinghuysen and Subcommittee Chairman Cole on their leadership, and I am pleased we were able to fund so many programs that make a positive impact on our communities and keep our families healthy.”

Highlights from the legislation include:

  • $26.4 million for the prevention and response to vector borne diseases such as Zika
  • $35.1 billion to continue research at the National Institutes of Health, including:
    • $1.8 billion for Alzheimer’s research
    • $300 million for the Cancer Moonshot
    • $12.6 million for the Gabriella Miller “Kids First” pediatric cancer research initiative
  • $9.3 billion for early childhood education
  • $747 million to address opioid and heroin abuse, which includes $500 million for the state response grants authorized in the 21st Century Cures Act
  • $838 million for senior nutrition programs, including $227 for the Meals on Wheels Program
  • $680 million for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement Program, helping local governments respond to public health emergencies
  • $22.4 billion to support students with financial need who receive Pell Grants
  • $2.3 billion  for the Ryan White HIV/Aids Program

 

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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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