Diaz-Balart Tests Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– In an abundance of caution, after votes on Friday, March 13th, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart decided to self-quarantine in Washington, D.C, and not return to South Florida because of his wife Tia’s pre-existing conditions that put her at exceptionally high risk.  On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache.  Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19. While in quarantine Diaz-Balart has been working from his apartment in Washington, DC. The Congressman said in a statement:

“I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better.  However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus.  We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”

Diaz-Balart in Fox News: My family was forced into exile from Cuba. Here’s the truth for Sanders, Castro apologists

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Diaz-Balart in Fox News: My family was forced into exile from Cuba. Here’s the truth for Sanders, Castro apologists

 Rep. Diaz-Balart: My family was forced into exile from Cuba. Here’s the truth for Sanders, Castro apologists | Opinion

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Op-Ed: Mario Diaz-Balart

March 1, 2020

 Read the full op-ed HERE.

 Following praise of Castro’s Cuba by Democratic presidential candidate for president Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., I must take the opportunity to correct the misinformation and false claims so frequently touted by Castro’s apologists.

First of all, it is appalling to those personally affected by the Castro regime legacy of firing squads, torture, imprisonment, brutal oppression and terrorism to witness a U.S. presidential candidate seek to decipher some nominal good from the abject and all-pervasive evil of totalitarianism.

Many of those who support Sanders today may not have been around to witness the evils of communism over the past few decades. Sanders has no such excuse.

At the height of the Cold War, Sanders hobnobbed with the Soviets and established a partnership with the Sandinistas in a Nicaraguan region at war with the indigenous Miskito people. He should remember that when nuclear missiles in Cuba were pointed at the United States, Fidel Castro pleaded that Khrushchev launch a first strike.

Sanders should remember that the Castro dictatorship ordered the shootdown of two unarmed civilian aircraft in international waters, resulting in the murder of three innocent Americans and a permanent resident for which the general and two pilots were indicted in U.S. federal court.

Sanders should demand the return of fugitives from U.S. justice such as Joanne Chesimard, an FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist, and terrorist bomb maker William Morales.

 Sanders should remember the “13 de Marzo” Tugboat Massacre of 1994 when the Castro regime rammed, sprayed and ultimately sunk a tugboat of 72 men, women and children who were attempting to escape Cuba in search of freedom. 41 perished, including 10 children. They were among the over 1 million Cubans who, like my family, fled totalitarianism.

Sanders should also remember the lives of those who died at the hands of the Castro regime in the past ten years, such as Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Juan Wilfredo Soto, Laura Pollan, Oswaldo Paya, Harold Cepero and Armando Sosa Fortuny. He should call for the immediate release of political prisoners Jose Daniel Ferrer, Mitzael Diaz Paseiro, Yanet Perez Quevedo and Miguel Diaz Bouza so that they do not suffer the same fate.

Collectivist systems of socialism and communism have brought devastation and tyranny wherever they have been tried. The regimes of communist China, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela have used socialist/communist policies to justify the most egregious human rights abuses and their iron grip on power.

In less than two decades, socialism has managed to plunge Venezuela – a country with the world’s largest known oil reserves – into blackouts, starvation, medical shortages and utter destitution.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation reveals that more than 100 million people have perished as a result of communism – from the purge policies of Mao and Stalin, including forced starvation, through the dictatorships in North Korea, Eastern Europe and Cuba.

Sanders should be asked about Communist China’s forced reeducation and labor camps, including the current oppression of Uyghurs who have been forced to abandon their language and culture and improve their “literacy” of the state-mandated Mandarin language.

With collectivist systems where individual rights are subsumed by the so-called “greater good” of the many, once unthinkable horrors become reality.

Sanders’ comments in regard to Cuba are particularly shocking given the Castro regime’s long and sordid history of threatening U.S. interests. The regime in Cuba partners with rogue regimes, terrorists and Anti-American interests such as the terrorist state of Iran, Russia, communist China, the Maduro regime in Venezuela, the FARC and Hezbollah.

In 2013, the Cuban regime was caught smuggling weapons to North Korea in the largest violation of international sanctions against that country to date. It has welcomed Russian espionage ships to Cuban waters to spy on the United States. Sonic health attacks against U.S. personnel in Havana caused traumatic brain injury to Americans and their families. For years, Cuba has maintained thousands of Cuban intelligence operatives in Venezuela in what the Organization of American States’ Secretary-General called an “occupation army” to oppress the Venezuelan people and sustain the illegitimate Maduro regime.

The Obama Administration chartered a course to legitimize the Castro tyranny. Thankfully, President Trump understands the danger of the Cuban dictatorship and has corrected this course.

I was disappointed that the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives chose not to consider such an important resolution condemning Sanders’ admiration of a murderous dictator, a resolution that should have enjoyed bipartisan support. It’s very alarming that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is willing to turn a blind eye to this evil.

“The truth is the truth.”

English/Español: Diaz-Balart Introduces Resolution Condemning Senator Sanders’ Comments on Castro and Cuba

Diaz-Balart Introduces Resolution Condemning Senator Sanders’ Comments on Castro and Cuba

 WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) introduced H.Res.868, a resolution condemning Senator Bernie Sanders’ multiple statements on Fidel Castro and Cuba.

The resolution can be found here.

“If anyone wants to know the devastation of socialism, and the tyranny that so often accompanies it, I invite them to speak to some of my constituents, including the thousands of former political prisoners and the relatives of current political prisoners, who have witnessed firsthand the destruction that it causes. In contrast with the blatantly false, irresponsible, and hurtful comments of the Castro Regime apologists, this resolution stands in solidarity with the people of Cuba as they struggle against totalitarianism while demanding human rights, democracy, and freedom.”

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 Díaz-Balart presenta una resolución que condena los comentarios del senador Sanders sobre Castro y Cuba

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 WASHINGTON, D.C.–– Hoy, el congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) presentó H.Res.868, una resolución que condena las múltiples declaraciones del senador Bernie Sanders sobre Fidel Castro y Cuba.

 La resolución se puede encontrar aquí.

“Si alguien quiere conocer la devastación del socialismo y la tiranía que a menudo lo acompaña, los invito a hablar con algunos de mis electores, incluyendo los miles de expresos políticos y los familiares de los presos políticos actuales, que han sido testigos de primera mano de la destrucción que causa. En contraste con los comentarios totalmente falsos, irresponsables, e hirientes de los apologistas del régimen de Castro, esta resolución se solidariza con el pueblo cubano en su lucha contra el totalitarismo y en favor de los derechos humanos y la democracia “.

English/Español: Diaz-Balart on U.S. Banning the Entry of Meliá Hotels’ CEO

Diaz-Balart on U.S. Banning the Entry of Meliá Hotels’ CEO

 WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the United States banned Meliá Hotels CEO, Gabriel Escarrer, from entering the country in accordance with the Trump administration’s full implementation of Title IV of the Helms-Burton Act.

“This is a prime example of the Trump Administration’s ongoing commitment to protecting Americans whose properties have been confiscated and upholding the rule of law. Unscrupulous businesses who continue to partner with the anti-American, illegitimate, and oppressive regime in Cuba have no right to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities the United States has to offer. This is only the beginning of the Title IV enforcement, and I commend President Trump for this admirable action.”

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Diaz-Balart sobre la prohibición de entrada a EE.UU. al CEO de la cadena Hotelera Meliá

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— El congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) emitió la siguiente declaración después de que Estados Unidos le prohibió la entrada al CEO de Meliá Hotels, Gabriel Escarrer, de acuerdo con la implementación total del Título IV de la Ley Helms-Burton por parte de la administración Trump.

“Este es un excelente ejemplo del compromiso de la Administración Trump con proteger a los americanos cuyas propiedades han sido confiscadas, y con defender el estado de derecho. Empresas inescrupulosas que continúan colaborando con el régimen antiamericano, ilegítimo y opresivo en Cuba no tienen derecho a disfrutar de las libertades y oportunidades que ofrece Estados Unidos. Este es solo el comienzo de la aplicación del Título IV, y felicito al presidente Trump por esta admirable acción”.

Diaz-Balart Meets with Venezuela’s Legitimate President Juan Guaidó

DORAL, FL ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart issued the following statement after meeting with Venezuela’s interim President, Juan Guaido this afternoon.

“I was pleased to meet with Venezuela’s legitimate President Juan Guaidó today to discuss a democratic and prosperous future for the Venezuelan people. For years, the Cuban dictatorship has provided intelligence and other support to the Maduro regime to dismantle Venezuela’s once democratic institutions, suppress human rights, and plunder the resources of the Venezuelan people. At our meeting, I reiterated the United States’ commitment to supporting democracy, and to stand with the oppressed Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan people in their efforts to rid our hemisphere of tyranny.”

Diaz-Balart Applauds $84 Million for Hurricane-Impacted Communities in Florida

Diaz-Balart Applauds $84 Million for Hurricane-Impacted Communities in Florida

 WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than $84 million has been awarded to 21 communities in Florida that were impacted by Hurricane Irma. These funds were administered through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program, which works on an as-needed basis and seeks to rebuild impacted communities after a natural disaster.

“Nearly three years after Hurricane Irma devastated many parts of our country, there are still areas in our community that remain vulnerable. Having visited with localities across Florida’s 25th District immediately after the storm, and in the ensuing months and years, I know how important these funds are. They will help bring us one step closer to fully repairing our communities’ homes, businesses, and infrastructure after such a major storm. I am proud to have played a role in providing these funds during my time as Chairman of the House Appropriations Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee.

“Florida’s 25th district will greatly benefit from these grants. Every county in our district, and communities from Medley to Everglades City, will see an influx of funding. I look forward to seeing the positive impact these dollars will have in our community, and the lasting effects it will bring. I thank Governor DeSantis and Secretary Lawson for their continued leadership in ensuring Florida is rebuilt and equipped for future natural disasters.”

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the following areas in FL-25 will receive a portion of this grant:

  • Collier County will receive $591,374 to improve a storm water drainage system to alleviate household flooding
  • Everglades City will receive $295,949 to repair damaged equipment at a municipal wastewater treatment facility
  • Hendry County will receive $4.3 million to repair the Four Corners storm water drainage system to alleviate flooding
  • Miami-Dade County will receive $2.1 million to relocate a damaged wastewater lift station to improve an existing sewer system
  • Town of Medley will receive $689,336 to relocate a damaged wastewater lift station to improve an existing sewer system

Everglades Caucus Co-Chairmen Diaz-Balart and Hastings Lead Bipartisan Letter Requesting $250 Million for Critical Restoration Projects

Bipartisan Letter Requesting $250 Million for Critical Restoration Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Co-Chairmen and Co-Founders of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, led Members of the Caucus in sending a bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting that he allocate $250 million for Everglades Restoration projects in his FY21 budget request to Congress.

Read the full letter here.

Dear President Trump:

We write as members of the Everglades Caucus to express our appreciation for your continued commitment to Everglades restoration. Thankfully, funding in recent years has allowed for expedited completion of critical restoration projects. To keep the momentum going, we respectfully request that in your upcoming budget you allocate $250 million under the Army Corps of Engineers construction account for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration.

The Everglades is a natural treasure, one of the true ecological wonders of the world, and further efforts to preserve this unique ecosystem will prove imperative to its long-term viability. The Everglades is central to Florida’s economy; its biodiversity an environmental marvel, indeed the Everglades National Park is home to one of the world’s largest wetlands. In addition, we cannot forget that eight million Floridians rely on the Everglades for their drinking water. Whether it be support for the expedited completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike or amending your request level to reflect the needs of our State, you have shown your strong commitment to these important issues. With this in mind, we ask that you join us in building upon these successes for the people of Florida.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to advance vital Everglades restoration projects. By allocating $250 million, you would ensure that the Army Corps of Engineers has the resources it needs to do just that.

Diaz-Balart Secures Nearly $90M for Homelessness Programs in Florida

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after Secretary Ben Carson announced nearly $2.2 billion in grants to support local homeless assistance programs across the nation, including nearly $90 million for Florida.

“As former Chairman, and now Ranking Member, of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, reducing, and ultimately ending homelessness in our communities is a top priority. I am particularly proud of the progress we’ve made in Southern Florida toward this goal. These grants will help our communities advance further as we continue to work to eliminate homelessness, particularly for the most vulnerable among us, including veterans, the elderly, families with children, and the disabled. I thank Secretary Carson for his longstanding commitment to bettering our communities, and I look forward to our continued work as we improve the quality and efficiency of our housing programs.”

Diaz-Balart: I Oppose Any Measure that Prevents the President of the United States from Taking Immediate, Necessary Action to Protect American Lives

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­–– Today, Rep. Diaz-Balart voted against H.Con.Res.83 which would impede the President’s ability to protect Americans from the grave threat posed by Iran.

“I voted against the concurrent resolution on the House floor today because I oppose tying the President’s hands in making tough decisions to protect Americans from the world’s most lethal terrorists. Iran is a deadly state sponsor of terrorism, and Iran’s Quds force was a designated foreign terrorist organization, and its former top general was the world’s most deadly terrorist, Qassem Soleimani. Iran has been responsible for spreading terrorism either directly or through its proxies to Israel, Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria. Since 2015, Iran has even been caught engaging in assassinations, assassination attempts, and bomb plots in Europe. Iran also attempted to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in Washington D.C. in 2011. Latest reports also indicate that it shot down a commercial Ukrainian aircraft, killing 176 innocent people. Iran is an increasingly dangerous and pervasive threat that has vowed to destroy America and our close ally, Israel. I will oppose any measure that prevents any American president from taking  immediate, necessary, and decisive action to protect American lives from an imminent threat posed by terrorists such as Iran.”

Diaz-Balart: This Impeachment Has No Merit

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­­––Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart released the following statement regarding the passage of H. Res. 755 – Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

“The United States Constitution grants Congress the power to impeach a president for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ Before tonight, only two presidents had been impeached by Congress; President Andrew Johnson, for violating the Tenure of Office Act, in 1868, and William J. Clinton, for committing Perjury, in 1998. Both were impeached for clear violations of law. As history illustrates, impeachment is a remarkably divisive tool that should only be utilized in the most extreme cases, and after careful consideration and debate. There should not be any doubt about the ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ that form the basis of an impeachment. As the facts demonstrate in this case, there were no violations of law, and therefore, this impeachment has no merit.”