This week was great. We were able to make big progress on a number of top priorities, including our water issues, efforts to stop Brightline, help for veterans and national defense. Here's a snapshot of some of what we got done that you might not have heard about on the news:
- Water: Water infrastructure leaders committed this week to authorizing the EAA southern storage reservoir this year once the Army Corps completes their review. Then, building on the millions of dollars that we secured earlier this year to combat harmful algal blooms, I also secured big wins this week as part of this year's Water Resources and Development Act. The committee adopted several of my amendments for our community into this infrastructure bill that then passed the committee unanimously. Read more here.
- Brightline: We're building momentum to revoke Brightline's public, taxpayer subsidized financing. This week I sent a letter with the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations urging the Department of Transportation to end Brightline's government financing. Taxpayers, especially those on the Treasure Coast, need answers! Read more here.
- Veterans: This was my first week as a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. In this new role, I’ll have an even louder voice to advocate for veterans in our community and around the country. Improving care for our veterans starts with reforming the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and increasing oversight. Building on our passage of the VA MISSION Act last week, the House passed more than a dozen bills this week to continue the momentum toward improving care. Read more here.
- Defense: This week we also passed the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill is major progress toward rebuilding and reforming our military. I'm glad we were able to get it done with big bipartisan support. Read more here.