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Florida Congressman Takes Over as Chairman of a House Appropriations Subcommittee

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U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., announced this week that he will chair the U.S. House State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPS) Appropriations Subcommittee.

Diaz-Balart, a senior Republican on the committee, will also served on the U.S. House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittees. In recent years, Diaz-Balart has led Republicans on the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen to serve on three subcommittees on the House Appropriations Committee, including as chairman of SFOPS. I am incredibly grateful to Chairwoman Kay Granger for her effective leadership, exceptional acumen, and steadfast support,” Diaz-Balart said.

“As my record shows, I am committed to ending out-of-control government spending, upholding government accountability, strengthening our national defense, supporting our allies, standing up to our enemies, and promoting democracy and human rights worldwide. As chairman of SFOPS, I will work to ensure that the United States continues to uphold American values to promote freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. We must strengthen oversight and cut unnecessary spending while continuing to protect our national security interests at home and abroad,” Diaz-Balart continued. “I am honored to serve on these important Subcommittees, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on behalf of the American people to further these crucial priorities.”

U.S. House Appropriations Chairwoman Kay Granger, R-Texas, praised the Florida congressman.

“It is an honor to have Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-26) lead the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Appropriations as chairman. Diaz-Balart has the knowledge, experience, and commitment to thrive in this role, and I have no doubt he will be an exceptional chairman. I look forward to our continued work for the American people,” Granger said.

The dean of the Florida congressional delegation, Diaz-Balart was first elected to Congress in 2002 after almost a decade and a half in the Legislature.


  • Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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