A South Florida Republican is keeping a top assignment on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., announced last week that he is staying on as the top Republicans on the U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee. 

Diaz-Balart had led the subcommittee when the GOP controlled the chamber and was the lead Republican on it over the past two years.

“I am grateful to my colleagues, the Steering Committee, and Ranking Member Granger for reiterating their trust in me, and, once again, electing me to be the lead Republican on the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Subcommittee on Appropriations. During my years on THUD, as former chairman and now ranking member, I have brought millions of federal dollars to South Florida to support our veterans, the elderly, the disabled, and other vulnerable populations. These federal dollars were especially evident when Miami-Dade County effectively ended veteran homelessness in 2018,”  he said before showcasing his efforts to help infrastructure in South Florida.

“I have also worked diligently to maintain and upgrade our nation’s roadways, seaports, transit systems, and airports. Further, I have successfully been able to bring these investments into our community. Whether through the first federal capital for the SMART plan, PortMiami receiving the largest grant for port infrastructure development, or helping to build the Underline, I am thankful to have been at the forefront of obtaining these funds,” Diaz-Balart added.

“I’m thrilled to continue working on the THUD Subcommittee, and I again thank my colleagues for this opportunity. I look forward to continuing this collaboration in the 117th Congress,” Diaz-Balart said in conclusion.

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-NC, will lead the subcommittee.

The brother of former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart was first elected to Congress in 2002 and currently represents much of the southwestern part of Miami Dade County.


Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.


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