October 13, 2020
Dear friend,

Welcome back to another edition of Mario’s Message. 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. Additionally, I have outlined a list of important materials and Frequently Asked Questions for small businesses struggling financially due to COVID-19. To view the latest updates and information in Spanish, click here.
CARES Act Assistance
The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners announced three new assistance programs available for veterans, active duty, reserve and national guard. 
Applicants can apply to one or all three if they qualify. Click here for the application and more information.

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Virtual Town Hall

Last week, I joined my colleague, Congressman Ted Deutch and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for a virtual town hall to discuss how vital it is that Americans continue to find common ground and support our nation’s diplomatic and development toolkit. We cannot lose momentum in the fight against this deadly pandemic at home and abroad.
HUD Awards More than $1.3 Billion for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in Florida
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson announced he will be making more than $1.3 billion in funding available to help Floridians who are still recovering from past natural disasters such as Hurricane Michael and Irma, while investing in large scale disaster mitigation projects.
Arthrex Global Headquarters Visit
On Thursday, I visited the impressive Arthrex Global Headquarters in Collier County. Over the last few years, Arthrex has experienced unprecedented growth globally, and this most recent expansion is creating approximately 560 jobs in Southwest Florida.
Congressional Veteran Commendation
The Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of veterans residing in Florida's 25th Congressional District. The 2020 CVC honorees will be interviewed, and their wartime recollections added to the Veterans History Project. View informational flyer. The deadline to submit this year’s nomination form is Friday, October 30, 2020. Visit my website for eligibility requirements and more information.
Congressional App Challenge Deadline
The deadline for student App submissions is October 19, 2020. In this nationwide competition, students compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
 
The app can be a game, a tool--whatever they’re interested in--on any platform. Each congressional district in the country will have one winner. The app of the winning students or teams will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.house.gov), and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. There is also an opportunity to win prizes.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please call my District Office at 305-470-8555 or email FL25appchallenge@mail.house.gov, and we’ll be happy to help you.
Students can register by visiting the: Student Registration Portal.
Coronavirus Updates
Johns Hopkins reports that there’s currently 7.8 million cases and 215,439 deaths in the United States.

Here’s a graphic showing the new cases per day in the U.S.:
Florida has a total of 738,749.
  • Collier County has 13, 186 confirmed cases
  • Hendry County has 2,120 confirmed cases
  • Miami-Dade County has 174,641 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