WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill to fund federal government operations, lower costs for American families, and provide military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The bill includes nine community funding projects spearheaded by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., totaling nearly $5 million, that will improve education, housing, public health, and the environment in Central Florida. Among Murphy’s projects are funding to restore the Little Wekiva River, bolster an opioid addiction program in Seminole County, and help a local health clinic purchase a mammogram machine. Murphy’s other projects will help Sanford residents who live in affordable housing and support initiatives led by Orange County Public Schools, the University of Central Florida, Seminole State College, and the City of Oviedo.
The government funding bill containing Murphy’s projects will now head to the U.S. Senate, where it is expected to pass in the coming days.
“Central Florida faces many challenges, including environmental degradation, unequal access to health care, and the rising cost of living,” said Murphy. “I’m thrilled my nine projects to improve quality of life are on the verge of becoming law, including funding to restore the Little Wekiva River, fight opioid addiction, and invest in affordable housing. I know these investments will help change lives.”
Nine Murphy-led projects are set to become law. They include:
- $1.2 million to purchase body cameras for the Orlando Police Department to improve public safety and enhance law enforcement accountability. The cameras will include automatic “turn on” technology, which helps officers focus on the situation in front of them during critical moments.
- $688,000 to restore the Little Wekiva River by removing sediment, recontouring the historic river flow, and replanting the basin with beneficial native plant species. The goal is to restore the Little Wekiva River’s dynamic ecosystem, enhance flow, reduce potential flooding, and improve water quality.
- $400,000 to support the Sanford-based Hope & Healing Center, a joint partnership between AdventHealth and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. The Center assists individuals struggling with opioid addiction, especially low-income individuals and individuals without health insurance.
- Nearly $260,000 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 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 breast cancer screenings.
In addition, the bill includes the following Murphy-led projects:
- $900,000 to 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.
- $500,000 to support 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.
- $475,000 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.
- $300,000 for 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.
For more information about these projects, click here.