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Defending the environment for future generations to enjoy is among my top priorities as a public servant, South Florida resident, and mother of three.

While the Trump Administration pursues an assault on our environment, we simply cannot waver in fighting climate change and safeguarding our clean air and water.

In South Florida, we are fortunate to have one of the world’s great wonders in our backyard, the Florida Everglades, and restoring this natural treasure serves as a reminder that we must leave this world better than we found it.

As a Member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, I am in a unique position to advocate for South Florida and protect the Everglades, take bold action on climate change, and safeguard our air and water.

This Congressional session, through my work on the subcommittee, I helped secure $3.3 billion to protect our natural wetlands and clean drinking water. Additionally, I led the appropriations request to support the Florida Everglades, and the funds will be used to help restore the water flow for the Everglades, protect tourism related jobs, and ensure the quality of South Florida’s drinking water supply.

When the Trump Administration announced its reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, I worked with locally elected Broward County officials to adopt a 100% Clean Energy Pledge.

Protecting South Florida’s ecosystems, from our pristine coast line to the Everglades, is a fundamental responsibility that I do not take lightly. We must continue to work to make certain we have proper safeguards to protect the environment—using, not ignoring, settled science—to protect our people and our planet.

Our children and grandchildren did not create this problem. We cannot in good conscience leave them to solve it on their own.

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