Congressman Francis Rooney leads Florida Delegation Letter in Support of Everglades

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Congressman Francis Rooney leads Florida Delegation Letter in Support of Everglades, February 3, 2017 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

    

Congressman Francis Rooney leads Florida Delegation

Letter in Support of Everglades

 

Washington, DC - Congressman Francis Rooney lead the effort, joined by Everglades Caucus Chairs Congressman Diaz-Balart and Congressman Hastings, as well as Congressman Buchanan, Congresswoman Wasserman-Shultz and the entire Florida Delegation sending a letter requesting President Trump include Everglades restoration funding in the President’s budget.   

Congressman Francis Rooney: “I, along with the entire Florida Delegation call on the President of the United States to support Everglades Restoration projects in his fiscal year 2018 Budget. The Everglades have a far ranging impact to the entire State of Florida and to the country.  Our economy has been decimated. Businesses have closed. We all have a vested interest in the Everglades. I am pleased that the entire Florida delegation has come together on such an important issue.”

Congressman Diaz Balart: “I am pleased to join my Florida delegation colleagues to advocate for Everglades restoration funding in the President's first budget. As a senior member of the Appropriations committee, I continue to prioritize projects within the Central Everglades Restoration Program (CERP), and welcome support from the executive branch. We are fortunate to have this natural treasure in our state, and must do everything we can to preserve it for future generations.”

Congressman Hastings: "The Everglades is one of the world's most unique ecosystems, and while much work has been done to repair this national treasure, there is still much work left to do. Through years of bipartisan efforts to authorize and appropriate critical infrastructure projects, we continue to make great strides in Everglades restoration. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, I remain committed to restoring the Everglades ecosystem. Along with my colleagues in the Florida Congressional delegation, I urge the Administration to continue this bipartisan effort to provide the resources needed to fulfill our commitment to the Everglades," said Congressman Alcee L. Hastings.

Congressman Buchanan: “Discharges from Lake Okeechobee have become a serious health concern,” Buchanan said. “We need to take action to protect Florida’s waters and fragile ecosystems.”

Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz: “There are few infrastructure projects more vital to Florida than restoring the Everglades. The state of this unique ecosystem directly influences the health of Florida’s coasts and our water supply, and exerts a tremendous impact on our economy. Revitalizing and preserving this environmental jewel is an obligation we dearly owe to future generations. Our letter urges the President to honor his campaign pledge to protect and restore this essential piece of Florida’s natural environment.”   

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Please find the full letter here.

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