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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released video messages both in English and Spanish on President Joe Biden’s failure to meet the bipartisan $725 million funding request made by Rubio and every U.S. Representative from Florida. In March, Rubio and his colleagues urged the President to include $725 million for Everglades restoration efforts in his forthcoming budget to Congress. That amount would build off the successful effort to secure $250 million in federal funds for FY 2021 South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER). The Florida delegation’s FY 2022 request matches the amount advocated for by the Everglades Foundation and other key stakeholders. 

An English broadcast quality version is available for download here.
 
“A few weeks ago, a bipartisan coalition in the state, virtually every member of our state delegation, sent President Biden a letter asking for historic funding for Everglades restoration. And sadly he’s chosen not to do that, and it’s unfortunate because we’re on the cusp of making some real progress of catching up on years of delay and really beginning to make headway in Everglades restoration. 
 
“Everglades restoration isn’t just an environmental thing. It’s important for our economy. We are now threatened by new algal blooms that threaten the East and West coasts of Florida, and Everglades restoration is key to preventing that in the future. 
 
“So I hope we can increase the amount of money being dedicated to Everglades restoration. It is by far our number one statewide priority, and it’s one we intend to get done.” 

 
El mensaje de video en Español con calidad de transmisión está aquí.
 
Una transcripción de cortesía en español está a continuación: 
 
“Hace unas semanas le mandamos una carta bipartidista, casi la delegación completa de la Florida pidiéndole al presidente Biden un aumento en la cantidad de dinero destinado para restaurar los Everglades. 
 
“Desafortunadamente parece que el presidente Biden no lo va hacer. Eso es lamentable porque realmente estamos progresando bastante sobre esos proyectos. Hace falta adelantar estos proyectos y estamos viendo el impacto que ya ha tenido el no hacer esas cosas, no solo en nuestra ecología sino también en nuestra economía. 
 
“Ojala que se pueda cambiar esa decisión, y seguiré trabajando de manera bipartidista para lograr esos fondos tan necesarios”.