WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) issued the following statement after he and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) met with Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke.
“I am glad I was able to meet with Acting Secretary Duke to continue advocating for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals currently residing in the United States. Though we are approaching the eighth anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake, conditions on the island remain difficult. The United States was a place of comfort and solace for so many Haitians in the wake of the devastation, and forcing them to return to Haiti in its current state would be counterproductive. I’ll continue to work with Senator Nelson and our Florida delegation colleagues to help those who currently benefit from TPS.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), senior member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, issued the following statement after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“Today, the House of Representatives fulfilled its promise to the American people by passing pro-growth tax reform. Filing your taxes shouldn't be an arduous and burdensome task; this legislation creates a simpler, fairer tax code for individuals, protecting their hard-earned dollars. American families deserve a tax code that allows them to keep more of what they make; for Floridians, that means keeping $1,945 more of their wages. It also creates more than 50,000 new jobs in the Sunshine State, encouraging business owners and revitalizing the job market.
“Our tax code is in serious need of an upgrade, and I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to accomplish this. I congratulate Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady on the bill’s passage, and I applaud their resolute commitment to tax reform.”
As the Senate continues to work through its own version of tax reform legislation, both chambers will come together to negotiate differences for a final product.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Treasury Department announced additional targeted sanctions against members of the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
“I once again commend President Trump for his strong stand against the oppressive Maduro regime. With today's sanctions, additional individuals that participate in the regime's corruption of the electoral process and who engage in censorship are held accountable. The Maduro regime has failed the people in every conceivable way. The economy is in shambles, democracy and basic liberties are under assault, and government institutions have been corrupted. I am proud that the United States continues to stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela as they struggle to restore freedom to their once prosperous and democratic country.”
WASHINGTON – El congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) emitió la siguiente declaración después de que la administración Trump anunciara nuevas regulaciones sobre Cuba.
“La intención del Presidente en su anuncio del 16 de junio de 2017 sobre Cuba fue fortalecer las sanciones y prohibir las transacciones financieras con el régimen cubano. Las regulaciones anunciadas hoy incluyen algunos pasos positivos. Estoy decepcionado, sin embargo, de que las regulaciones no implementan completamente las órdenes del presidente. Está claro que personas dentro de la burocracia que apoyan la política de la administración anterior hacia Cuba siguen socavando al presidente Trump.
“Seguiré trabajando con el Presidente para asegurar que su política hacia Cuba se implemente por completo y que las regulaciones sean totalmente consistentes con sus intenciones, en contraste con las regulaciones anunciadas hoy. Espero que el presidente Trump no permita que burócratas de Washington impidan la implementación de su política en apoyo de las aspiraciones democráticas del pueblo cubano”.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced new Cuba regulations.
“The intent of the President’s June 16, 2017 announcement on Cuba was to tighten sanctions and prohibit financial transactions with the Cuban military. Today’s announced regulations include some positive first steps. I am disappointed, however, that the regulations do not fully implement what the President ordered. It is clear that individuals within the bureaucracy who support the former administration’s Cuba policy continue to undermine President Trump.
“I look forward to working with the President to ensure that his policy is fully implemented, and that the regulations are entirely consistent with his intent, unlike the ones announced today. I trust that President Trump will not allow Washington bureaucrats to stand in the way of his directive to support the Cuban people’s democratic aspirations.”
WASHINGTON – El congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) hizo la siguiente declaración sobre la decisión del Departamento de Seguridad Doméstica de Estados Unidos de eliminar el Estatus de Protección Temporal "TPS" para ciudadanos nicaragüenses que viven en Estados Unidos.
“Me causa profundo dolor y estoy en fuerte desacuerdo con la decisión de eliminar el Estatus de Protección Temporal "TPS" para los ciudadanos nicaragüenses que viven en Estados Unidos. Ellos son individuos trabajadores con raíces importantes en este país que han contribuido a nuestra sociedad y economías locales. Mientras sigo comprometido en trabajar con mis colegas para encontrar una solución legislativa permanente, insto a la administración a extender el TPS para los nacionales haitianos, hondureños y salvadoreños, y exhorto a que reconsidere seriamente la decisión con respecto a los ciudadanos nicaragüenses.”.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced they would be ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguan nationals living in the United States after a 12 month phase out period.
“I am deeply pained by and strongly disagree with the decision to phase out the Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguan nationals living in the United States. They are hardworking individuals who have substantial roots in this country and have made contributions to our society and local economies. With the temporary extension of this program, we also learn of its eventual end. While I remain committed to working with my colleagues to find a permanent, legislative solution, I urge the administration to extend TPS for Haitian, Honduran, and Salvadoran nationals, and to seriously reconsider the decision regarding Nicaraguan nationals.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) announced he would not seek re-election.
“Frank LoBiondo has tirelessly worked for New Jersey residents for over three decades. I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know him through our work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to keep folks moving efficiently and effectively in our respective communities and across the country. He is a humble man of principle, and a loyal person I am glad to count among my friends. I wish Frank and his wife Tina the best on this next chapter in their lives.”
MIAMI – Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) honored two local veterans for their service in the United States Armed Forces. The Congressional Veteran Commendation is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the 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.
Sergeant James Bradley Holmes – United States Air Force, Naples Florida
Specialist 5 Florence N. Holmes – United States Army, Naples, Florida
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WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today hosted a roundtable on the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program. This roundtable is part of a series Diaz-Balart is hosting on programs offered by the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, including those related to disaster relief and recovery.
“As Florida and other communities continue to recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, it is important to educate Members of Congress on vital programs like the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief program. Safe roads are a critical component in the aftermath of a natural disaster, and this program provides the federal resources to repair damaged infrastructure. From taking our kids to school to getting trucks and trailers back on the road, the Emergency Relief program plays an important role in the rebuilding process. As THUD Chairman, I'll continue to work with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to sustain these essential programs that get our families and communities up and running after natural disasters.”
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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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