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Rep. Mast, Soto calling on Biden to fund Everglades Restoration in infrastructure package

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee On Foreign Affairs March 10, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Blinken is expected to take questions about the Biden administration's priorities for U.S. foreign policy. (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)

Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18) and Darren Soto (FL-9) led members of the Florida Congressional delegation Monday in requesting President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders include full funding for completion of the authorized Everglades Restoration projects in the upcoming infrastructure package.

“This infrastructure package is a historic opportunity to fully fund Everglades restoration and combat Florida’s ongoing public health crisis caused by the federal government discharging toxic water from Lake Okeechobee nearly every summer,” Rep. Mast said. “Fully funding Everglades Restoration as part of this package would create more than 65,000 jobs, protect the environment and improve public health not just for Floridians but also for the 130 million visitors attracted to the state each year by America’s Everglades and Florida’s other environmental marvels.”

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The letters were also signed by Representatives Matt Gaetz (FL-1), Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), Bill Posey (FL-8), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27).