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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)

Mucarsel-Powell Minutes: Week of August 3rd to August 7th

Washington, August 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to hit communities, smaller cities, and counties in my district especially hard. This is why I have renewed my calls for direct federal coronavirus emergency funding for small cities and municipalities. In May, I sent a bipartisan letter to congressional leadership asking to make smaller cities and counties eligible to apply and directly receive federal emergency aid to address the budget shortfalls and costs of COVID-19 response efforts.

Making smaller cities and municipalities eligible for direct assistance would prevent any unnecessary delays or squabbles between municipalities and would ensure that individuals, families and essential frontline city and county workers receive this much needed assistance the soonest possible. Under the Heroes Act, the cities and municipalities in my district would get nearly $1.6 billion.

Take a look at how that funding would be allocated:


2020 HEROES Act Allocation

2021 HEROES Act Allocation

Florida City






Islamorada, Village of Islands



Key Colony Beach



Key West











2020 Heroes Act Allocation

2021 Heroes Act Allocation

Miami-Dade County



Monroe County



* All data reflects estimated awards; actual award may vary. Estimates are based on data from CRS, Census Bureau, and HUD.

I conducted a survey in which 2,808 constituents responded and 80% said they agree that the federal government should provide direct relief to small cities and municipalities facing budget shortfalls due to the covid-19 pandemic. I’ve heard from my constituents and they overwhelmingly support this direct aid. I urge the Senate to pass the Heroes Act immediately to get this funding to my community.

Florida Politics – South Florida leaders call on Senate to approve HEROES Act

I am also proud to announce a new $235 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Miami-Dade County to help finance improvements and expansion of wastewater treatment facilities. This funding is crucial for South Florida’s water quality because for too long, our community has dealt with sewage flowing freely into our coastal waters, damaging our delicate ecosystem, endangering public health, and harming our tourism industry.

Florida Politics – Debbie Mucarsel-Powell sounds urgent alarm on climate change

Funding provided under this WIFIA loan will finance upgrades at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD)’s three wastewater treatment plants. Collectively, the upgrades will add system-wide capacity flexibility, assist in fulfilling state and federal requirements, as well.

As Vice Chair of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, I am fighting every day to secure funds necessary to upgrade our failing water infrastructure and create jobs. This grant announcement is an important step, but we still have a long way to go, and I will continue to push for investments that fix our broken water systems and improve our environment, quality of life, and local economy.

Read full press release here

Read Some Of The Mucarsel-Powell Headlines From This Week!

Florida Politics: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell sounds urgent alarm on climate change

U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell renewed calls for action on climate change at a roundtable discussion with Caroline Lewis, the founder of the CLEO Institute, local journalist Mario Ariza, and Dr. Frances Colon, an American science diplomat and environmental policy expert.

EVTV: Mucarsel-Powell: Los Republicanos no quieren el TPS para los venezolanos

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, miembro de la Cámara de Representantes de EE.UU, afirmó durante su intervención en el programa Dígalo Aquí con la Comunidad, que son muchos los venezolanos que necesitan el TPS para poder seguir trabajando tranquilamente en el país.

The Center Square: Federal bill would break ground on $1.6B Everglades reservoir this year

The 10,100-acre, $1.6 billion Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project would begin as planned under a bill adopted by the U.S. House… In the WRDA adopted last week, however, “we make it very clear to the Corps that they must begin construction of the reservoir at its earliest opportunity, and they are not to wait for a ‘new start’ designation, because my constituents need solutions now – not 10 years from now,” said U.S. Rep.Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,D-Miami.

Mucarsel-Powellsaid the EEA project is needed to expedite Everglades restoration and increase “transparency about water flow” into Florida Bay, “which supports south Florida’s economy and jobs in eco-tourism.”

Al Arabiya: After Beirut explosion, Lebanese American politicians stand with Lebanon

American politicians with Lebanese heritage have taken to social media to express their solidarity and support for the land of their ancestors following the deadly explosion in Beirut on Tuesday… Another Florida representative, CongresswomanDebbie Mucarsel-Powell, whose grandparents came to the US from Lebanon, said in a post on Twitter that her “heart aches for Beirut.”

“Lebanon is part of my heritage,” she said, sharing photos of the damage sent to her from family members in Beirut

Our Tweets!

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: Under the #HeroesAct, the cities and municipalities in #FL26 would get nearly $1.6 billion. I’ve heard from my constituents and they overwhelmingly support this direct aid. I urge the Senate to pass the Heroes Act immediately to get this funding to my community. LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: Hace dos meses pasamos la Ley de Héroes en la cámara. Pero la semana pasada los senadores Republicanos dejaron que se expirara la ayuda económica a millones de personas que han perdido sus trabajos sin ninguna culpa de ellos. El senado tiene que actuar AHORA. LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: Missouri just became the 38th state to expand Medicaid. Florida should be next! 846,000 Floridians – tens of thousands of individuals and families in my district – would gain coverage. This would be a game changer for my constituents. LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: President Trump and Postmaster General DeJoy are conspiring to close Post Offices before vote-by-mail begins. This is voter suppression and it is dangerous. We must fully fund the USPS to ensure safe voting ASAP. LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: It’s simple: #VotingAccessSavesLives. 55 years after the Voting Rights Act passed, racist & discriminatory barriers to the voting booth still exist. Ensuring everyone has access to our democracy is key to making sure your voice is heard on issues like gun violence. LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: The degradation of our environment not only hurts mother nature, but also individuals and families whose livelihoods rely on fishing, tourism, and farmland that doesn’t constantly flood. We must take #ClimateActionNow! LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: My heart aches forBeirut & those hurt by this explosion. Lebanon is part of my heritage; it was home to my grandparents. These are pictures I received from family members today. LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: Imagine mourning the loss of a loved one who died from COVID—your father, mother, grandparent, sister… Then the president coldly says “It is what it is” about their death. This is Trump’s America. It is unacceptable. LINK

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP: Happy birthday to the @USCG! Living in a coastal community, I see how important your work is to our safety. I’m so honored to serve on the @USCGAcademy Board of Visitors. I’m fighting so that our Coasties have the best resources to continue their lifesaving work. LINK