Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to celebrate this incredible planet and the work we have to do to take care of it.
For Florida and our community, cleaning up our water is not just about our principles, it’s about our livelihood. Our waterways impact our economy and public health.
That’s why from the day I arrived in Congress, I have been fighting for Floridians and the environment that makes the Sunshine State great.
While we have made significant progress throughout my time in Congress, we still have a long way to go when it comes to cleaning and protecting our waterways.
Last month, after receiving huge backlash from me, Governor DeSantis and environmental groups for its inaction on one of the most crucial projects for Everglades restoration - the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir - the White House announced that it would allocate more than $400 million for Everglades restoration. This is progress, but it still falls short of the amount that Florida’s bipartisan Congressional delegation requested.
In addition, earlier this month, I introduced a bill to force the Army Corps of Engineers to develop additional infrastructure to stop all harmful discharges to the northern estuaries.
I will stay in this fight on Earth Day and every day because if we want to protect the Earth, it has to start in our communities. It is our job to keep this globe sustainable for generations to come.