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Rep. Frankel Statement on Historic Federal, State Everglades Funding

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Washington, June 8, 2022 | comments

West Palm Beach, FL – Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) released the following statement in response to Governor DeSantis’ announcement of an additional $1 billion in state funding set aside for Everglades restoration, on top of the historic $1 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law President Biden signed last year.

“Last year, President Biden and Democrats in Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, sending $10 billion to Florida to secure its budget,” said Rep. Frankel. “I’m pleased that the Governor is using budget money to follow the Biden Administration’s lead with $1 billion for restoring the Everglades. Keeping our water clean and plentiful should always be bipartisan.”

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $11.6 billion for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects, $1.1 billion of which will be going toward Everglades restoration. This funding is on top of the historic $350 million set aside for the project in the Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The State of Florida also contributes regularly to these efforts.

As a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, along with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Rep. Frankel has been a leading advocate for Everglades restoration funding.

 

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