WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that the House Appropriations Committee approved nine projects she spearheaded, totaling nearly $5 million, to improve public safety, education, housing, public health, and the environment in Central Florida. Murphy’s projects include funding to restore the Little Wekiva River, bolster an opioid addiction program in Seminole County, and help the Orlando Police Department purchase body cameras. Her other projects would improve community access to mammograms, help Sanford residents living in affordable housing, and support various initiatives led by Orange County Public Schools, the University of Central Florida, Seminole State College, and the City of Oviedo. In the coming weeks, the full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the various government funding bills that contain Murphy’s projects.
“Since I came to Congress I’ve been fighting to secure every dollar I can to help Central Florida,” said Murphy. “From expanding educational programs and resources available to police, to protecting our most vulnerable residents and our environment, these nine investments will directly impact thousands of Floridians living in the Orlando area. I’m proud these projects are advancing through the legislative process, and I’ll keep fighting until this crucial funding has been signed into law.”
The House Appropriations Committee approved nine Murphy-led projects, including:
- $688,000 in funding for Little Wekiva River Restoration to remove sediment, recontour the historic river flow, and replant the basin with beneficial native plant species. This effort will restore the Little Wekiva River’s dynamic ecosystem, enhance flow, reduce potential flooding, and lead to better water quality. Murphy previously led an effort to restore the Little Wekiva River, urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate what is causing this treasured local recreation area to fill with debris and become completely dry in areas.
- $400,000 in funding for the Sanford-based Hope & Healing Center, a joint partnership between AdventHealth and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, to help individuals struggling with opioid addiction overcome their addiction, especially low-income individuals and individuals without health insurance.
- $1.2 million in funding for the Orlando Police Department to purchase body cameras equipped with the latest technology to enhance police effectiveness, officer and citizen safety, and police transparency and accountability. Funding for this project was jointly requested with Congresswoman Val Demings, D-Fla.
- $258,300 for the Sanford Housing Authority to construct a new administrative office building in the Historic Goldsboro neighborhood in order to provide better and more accessible services to low-income individuals in the community.
- $250,000 in funding to purchase a Mammogram Machine for the primary care medical clinic at 26Health, a non-profit organization in Orlando. This machine will improve community access to screenings.
Additionally, the bill also includes Murphy-led projects to:
- Purchase state-of-the-art simulation laboratory equipment for Seminole State College’s Emergency Medical Services and Respiratory Care programs so students can better prepare for health care and first-responder careers.
- Fund the Orange County Public Schools’ program to train and credential individuals in Parent Child Interaction Therapy - an evidence-based, short-term treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders and their caregivers.
- Support a comprehensive package of innovative programs at the University of Central Florida to assist children and families in marginalized communities, with the goal of promoting early childhood and post-secondary education access and success.
- Modernize the City of Oviedo’s wastewater reuse system, increasing the amount of reclaimed water available to City residents and decreasing the amount of potable water usage in the City.
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