WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 4502, a package of seven bills to fund federal government operations, assist working families, and support small businesses in the coming fiscal year. The bill includes eight projects spearheaded by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., totaling $3.8 million, to improve 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 improve community access to mammograms. Her other projects would 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.
“I’m thrilled that eight of my projects to enhance quality of life in Central Florida have passed the House,” said Murphy. “Whether they’re restoring our environment, supporting drug addiction programs, expanding access to life-saving health care, or preparing young children to succeed, these investments will make a lasting impact in the lives of folks in my district. I’ll keep working with my Senate colleagues to get these bills to the President’s desk as quickly as possible.”
The House passed eight 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.
- $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 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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