U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Alcee L. Hastings, D.-Fla., reintroduced the Congressional Everglades Caucus and will serve as its co-chairs for the 113th Congress, according to a news release.
"The Everglades is one of the true ecological wonders of the world, and we must do everything we can to keep it thriving and healthy," Diaz-Balart said in a statement. He and Hastings "will work together with other members of Congress to support restoration efforts of this unique ecosystem."
The caucus is intended to make other House members and their staffs aware of issues related to the Everglades, a vast subtropical wetlands in South Florida.
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"The Everglades is a national treasure that provides Floridians with clean drinking water, and is home to many endangered and unique species," said Hastings.
"It makes up a large portion of my congressional district," he added, "and therefore I am acutely aware of the vital need for its restoration."
Despite being from opposing political parties, the congressmen expressed pleasure to be working together to raise awareness about the Everglades.
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