October 26, 2020
Dear friend,

Welcome back to another edition of Mario’s Message. Here are the latest updates on all things COVID-19, and what I have been up to in Washington, DC and Florida's 25th Congressional District. We each have a personal responsibility to protect those around us from Coronavirus (COVID-19) through whatever measures necessary. My website contains a detailed list of helpful resources and legislative actions. To view the latest updates and information in Spanish, click here.
Guardian of Small Business Award
I’m proud to have earned the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award in the 116th Congress based on my strong, pro-small business voting record. The Guardian of Small Business is awarded to members of Congress who vote with small business 70 percent or more of the time on key small business issues. I thank the National Federation of Independent Business for this prestigious honor.
Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
Last week, I joined U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, and Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez in a roundtable hosted by the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to discuss ongoing recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the hurricanes and earthquakes that have severely affected the island. I’ve been a long-time champion for Puerto Rico and have successfully pushed for resilient construction and funding to assist in its recovery process, and I’m grateful for the great work that the EPA and Administrator Wheeler have contributed to these efforts.
A Consistent Foreign Policy Toward Dictatorships in our Hemisphere
I published an op-ed in the Miami Herald regarding dictatorships in our hemisphere and the need to have a consistent foreign policy toward them.
Click here to read the full text, and click here to read the text in Spanish.
Central Everglades Planning Project

On Thursday, I had the honor to join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Central Everglades Planning Project— a crucial plan that will improve the distribution of water flows to the Everglades.
Congressional Veteran Commendation
JC Bermudez Doral Senior High School
Andrea Castillo Preparatory Academy
This morning, my Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director attended the kickoff ceremony for the JC Bermudez Doral Senior High School and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Andrea Castillo Preparatory Academy. As the City of Doral continues to grow and expand, I'm glad that Miami-Dade County Public Schools and our local leaders have remained committed to ensuring our students receive world-class education and resources. I congratulate Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez and District 5 School Board member, Susie V. Castillo for this important accomplishment.
Coronavirus Updates
Johns Hopkins reports that there’s currently 8.6 million cases and 225,282 deaths in the United States.

Here’s a graphic showing the new cases per day in the U.S.:
Florida has a total of 782,013 cases.
  • Collier County has 13, 972 confirmed cases
  • Hendry County has 2,197 confirmed cases
  • Miami-Dade County has 181,140 confirmed cases
Stay Connected
I remain committed to my constituents and ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and resources to protect themselves from public health emergencies such as this one. To keep up with live updates, connect with me on FacebookTwitterYouTubeand Instagram, or visit my website for any constituent services I am able to provide you with.

As always, it’s a pleasure to serve you.

Warm Regards,
Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of Congress