Mario Diaz-Balart, About to Give Up the Gavel on THUD Appropriations, Secures Transportation Funds for Miami Dade
Getting ready to bow out as chairman of the U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., was able to help bring almost $10 million of U.S. Department of Transportation funds to Miami Dade County this week.
On Thursday, Diaz-Balart announced that Miami-Dade County was getting $9.5 million in a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the department. Diaz-Balart also looked back on the help he offered South Florida during his tenure as chairman of the subcommittee. With the Democrats taking over the House next month, Diaz-Balart is losing the gavel on the subcommittee.
“As House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee chairman, I am grateful to be in a position to bring much-needed dollars home,” Diaz-Balart. “For years, I have told the county that I am willing and able to help fund their transit needs, once a viable plan had been submitted. To their credit the county has finally taken real, tangible steps forward with the SMART Plan over the last several months, and I commend their progress. As the county continues to work with DOT, specifically the Federal Transit Administration, on the project development phase of the South Corridor Rapid Transit Project,