The aim of this caucus is to educate members of congress and staff on important issues impacting the Everglades as well as generate support for the projects and funding still needed to complete restoration efforts.

Congressman Mario-Diaz Balart, who is co-chair of the caucus, said: "I am glad to welcome Congressman Rooney to the Everglades Caucus. As Co-Chair, I am excited to have another member with the passion and commitment to continue advocating for the restoration of Florida's natural treasure. ... I am pleased to welcome Congressman Francis Rooney to the caucus. While great progress has been made in addressing the challenge of restoring the Everglades, one of the world’s most unique ecological systems, there is still much work to be done. This work can only be accomplished through dedicated, bipartisan efforts.

"With the addition of Rep. Rooney, the caucus remains committed to advocating, educating, and finding lasting solutions for one of our nations’ most treasured and important ecosystems,” said Congressman Alcee L. Hastings.

Rooney stated: “I am proud to join my colleagues in the commitment of Everglades restoration. The Everglades is one of the true ecological wonders of the world. For far too long our community in Southwest Florida has been plagued by water quality and ecological disaster. This has hurt our local economy and has forced businesses to close their doors. This is my number one priority for our community. We need the federal government to
do their fair share - that was promised to us.”

Immediately upon being sworn in to congress on Jan. 3, Rooney has aggressively pursued educating members on the importance of funding restoration projects. He hasy met with the Army Corps of Engineers, Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Florida Governor Rick Scott and many other leaders advocating for the appropriation of pre-authorized funds.