(Washington) Today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued this statement following President Biden’s signing of the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus federal spending bill:
“On Tuesday, the President signed into law an omnibus spending package that tackles our nation’s biggest challenges, creates American jobs, and invests in our future.
“I am proud that this new law includes priorities I have championed in Congress: increasing nonprofit security grant program funds, replenishing funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, and providing urgently-needed aid for the people of Ukraine—millions of whom have been internally displaced or have fled as refugees to escape Russian forces. It also cracks down on gender-based violence with a long-overdue reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
“I am also proud that President Biden signed into law the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act, a bill I introduced with my colleagues to keep our seniors from being targeted by scammers who wish to steal their assets, so that members of our community and communities around the country will be safer from this threat.
“But I am especially proud to see the investments I championed in mental health, infrastructure, and social services here in South Florida that are now law:
· $562,385 for the Broward County Mental Health Diversion Project to provide a real alternative to incarceration for the mentally ill and at risk population.
· $595,000 for Security Technology Enhancements to provide first responders with preemptive intelligence on a situation’s severity and scope.
· $400,000 for the city of Coral Springs’ stormwater drainage infrastructure to alleviate potential flooding and improve safety and health for the surrounding area and residents.
· $900,000 for water quality improvement projects in Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, and Fort Lauderdale to preserve the three cities’ wastewater infrastructure and protect natural resources like the Middle River.
· $500,000 for a peer mentoring program at Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale to enable students to nurture the educational development and success of their fellow students.
· $646,762 for a suicide prevention program at United Way of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale to advance initiatives like reducing stigma and prejudice, practitioner training and screening, and easier access to mental health care.
· $300,000 for work-based learning and supportive services for homeless youth at Covenant House Florida in Fort Lauderdale to strengthen linkages between the business community, nonprofits, schools and post-secondary institutions in Central and South Florida.
· $385,848 for Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton telemental health services to provide trauma informed clinical care by psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinicians and improve client well-being.
· $600,000 for Dixie Highway Corridor improvements to reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents and improve public safety.
· $285,000 for the Sanborn Square Renovation Project to create a more user-friendly park area, support community gatherings, and increase connectivity within the downtown shopping and business areas.
“This spending deal is a win for our district, a win for Florida, and a win for America.”