WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a speech on the House Floor today, U.S. Congressmen Brian Mast (FL-18) called on President Donald Trump to create an Everglades Restoration Infrastructure Taskforce as part of his promised trillion-dollar investment in American infrastructure.


Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of including Everglades restoration in the President’s infrastructure plan for America.

The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan is the most ambitious ecosystem restoration ever attempted, and represents the ultimate infrastructure package for Florida.

But many critical projects—designed to end harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges and algal blooms into my community—are far behind where they should be and becoming far more costly by the delay in full funding.

The President has touted his record of building world-class projects ahead of schedule and under budget, so I’m calling on him to create an “Everglades Restoration Infrastructure Taskforce,” secure the full funding and accelerate projects to completion.

Mr. Speaker, my constituents have waited long enough to realize the massive benefits of Everglades restoration. Now let’s seize this moment and put this President and this Congress to work to finish the job.

Thank you, I yield back.