House Hispanic Republicans announced their new leadership team on Thursday, as the Congressional Hispanic Conference boasts its largest membership ever this Congress. The group chose GOP Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)… read more.
Miami-Dade County is slated to receive more than $20 million in federal funds to invest in local resiliency efforts. These federal earmarks are a part of the diverse $1.7 trillion federal omnibus spending bill approved by the Congress… read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-26) issued the following statement after being named Chair of the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPS) Subcommittee on the House Committee on Appropriations… read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-26), Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27), and Carlos A. Gimenez (FL-28) sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting additional information on the Administration’s “New Border Enforcement Actions,” and their ramifications for Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan nationals seeking U.S. entry, as well as our national security… read more
By a vote count of 221-210, House Republicans made good on their campaign promise to defund the 87,000 IRS “agents” President Biden vowed to employ through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)… read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement regarding the “Respect for Marriage Act,” being voted on this week in the House of Representatives… read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s decision to grant Collier County $861,716 in Emergency Solutions Grants–Disaster Recovery… read more
Collier County’s citizens should oppose Mary Barzee Flores’s candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for a plethora of reasons that would not conform to this newspaper’s “word count” restrictions for Letters to the Editor. Instead, I’ll use my limited space to tell you that we must re-elect Republican Congressman Mario Diaz Balart.
First, Diaz-Balart (or Mario, as he insists people call him due to his genuineness, rather than faux modesty) gets things done. In the 2017-2018 Congress, Diaz-Balart co-sponsored 138 bills. One bill sought to combat the harmful algae blooms that have plagued our coastlines. Another promoted the creation of an anonymous school threat reporting program. Most importantly, contrary to his opponent’s hit-pieces, he co-sponsored a bill that expressly calls for retaining legal protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Second, Diaz-Balart is bipartisan. He co-sponsored fifteen bills with Democrats in the last twelve months, i.e., during an election year. He has been endorsed by right-leaning, independent, and left-leaning organizations alike, including the South Florida Council of Fire Fighters, the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the National Right to Life Committee, the National Rifle Association, the National Education Association, and the Florida AFL-CIO.
Finally, Diaz-Balart is a leader. He serves in a senior position on the House Appropriations Committee that directly benefits Collier County. Among other achievements, Diaz-Balart secured nearly $64 million dollars in funding for continued restoration of the Everglades.
Diaz-Balart is in a close race in swing district. He needs every Republican and Independent vote on Nov. 6.
Jeffrey Haut, Naples
Largest Labor Groups Solidly Behind Diaz-Balart
Miami, Florida- The Mario Diaz-Balart for Congress Campaign today announced the endorsements of South Florida AFL-CIO, Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 291, AFSCME’s Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer, Miami-Dade County Aviation, and Miami-Dade County General Employees. Together, these unions represent over 700,000 workers throughout Southern Florida.
Jeffery Mitchell, President of South AFL-CIO, said of Congressman Diaz-Balart: “You have worked gallantly and tirelessly over the years to better the lives of the citizenry you represent, and your efforts over time have indeed made a difference. Community leaders with your attributes and track record are critical, and we must continue to find common ground and move forward together.”
Clarence Washington, President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) said: “You have worked gallantly and tirelessly over the years to better the lives of the citizenry you represent, and, in the transportation arena in particular, your efforts over time to improve this critical public service has indeed made a difference.”
Miguel Aragon, Business Manager of Laborers’ International Union of North America, stated: “We appreciate your dedication to issues that affect working families throughout the country including fair wages and benefits through your support of the Davis-Bacon Act and project labor agreements applying to federal projects. Your unwavering support of infrastructure investment is greatly appreciated as well as your support for many other issues affecting our members.”
Congressman Diaz-Balart had the following to say about receiving these important endorsements: “From our first responders to our teachers, I am fortunate to have received the support of some of Southern Florida’s largest unions throughout the political spectrum. I welcome and am grateful to add both AFSCME and AFL-CIO to that list, and I will continue to represent Florida’s working class at home in the Sunshine State and in Congress.”