Congressman Francis Rooney Joins the Bipartisan Everglades Caucus
** Media Advisory **
Congressman Francis Rooney (FL-19) has joined the bipartisan Congressional Everglades Caucus, which is aimed at helping to restore Florida’s critical wetland ecosystem. The aim of this caucus is to educate members of congress and staff on important issues impacting the Everglades as well as generate support for the projects and funding still needed to complete restoration efforts.
Co-Chair of the Everglades Caucus, Congressman Mario-Diaz Balart said: "I am glad to welcome Congressman Rooney to the Everglades Caucus. As Co-Chair, I am excited to have another member with the passion and commitment to continue advocating for the restoration of Florida's natural treasure."
“As Co-Chairman of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, I am pleased to welcome Congressman Francis Rooney to the caucus. While great progress has been made in addressing the challenge of restoring the Everglades, one of the world’s most unique ecological systems, there is still much work to be done. This work can only be accomplished through dedicated, bipartisan efforts. With the addition of Rep. Rooney, the Caucus remains committed to advocating, educating, and finding lasting solutions for one of our nations’ most treasured and important ecosystems,” said Congressman Alcee L. Hastings.
Congressman Francis Rooney stated: “I am proud to join my colleagues in the commitment of Everglades restoration. The Everglades is one of the true ecological wonders of the world. For far too long our community in Southwest Florida has been plagued by water quality and ecological disaster. This has hurt our local economy and has forced businesses to close their doors. This is my number one priority for our community. We need the federal government to do their fair share - that was promised to us.”
Congressman Francis Rooney has long been an advocate to restore and protect the Everglades. Immediately upon being sworn in to congress on January 3, 2017 he has aggressively pursued educating members on the importance of funding restoration projects. He has personally met with the Army Corps of Engineers, Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Governor Scott and many other leaders advocating for the appropriation of preauthorized funds.