Thursday, December 5, 2019
U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balalrt, R-Fla., is one of the main supporters on Capitol Hill of the “Farm Workforce Modernization Act” which reforms the current H-2A agricultural guestworker program and creates a merit-based visa program while mandating the use of E-Verify to check immigration status.
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the site of the Caloosahatchee (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir to break ground on the embankments and canals to complete this Everglades restoration project.
The funds come from FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Seminole County will receive almost $14.5 million while Orlando will get $3 million. 
This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a permit to Everglades National Park for the removal of 5.45 miles of roadbed along the Tamiami Trail.
“The authorization required the Army Corps to complete a report on the project no later than 90 days after the date of enactment.  Federal design and construction of the project cannot begin until the report is completed.  A year later, that report has still not been completed, which is causing delays to the project,” Rubio’s office noted.  
The White House announced on Monday night that it had approved the declaration. 
Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet voted to expedite the construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project on Tuesday.
Three members of the Florida delegation announced on Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved funding for almost 120 projects to help the Polk County School District recover from Hurricane Irma which hit the area back in 2017.
After announcing over the weekend that he was leaving Congress, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., weighed in this week on his two terms on Capitol Hill even as a crowd could be lining up to replace him.
The roundtable focused on restoring the Everglades and the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).