WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill to fund federal government operations, cut costs for American families, and provide military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The bill includes nine community funding projects led 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 the central Florida. Among Murphy’s projects are funding the restoration of the Little Wekiva River, bolstering an opioid addiction program in Seminole County, and helping a local health clinic purchase drugs. mammography 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 plans will now head to the US 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 rising costs of living,” Murphy said. “I am thrilled that my nine quality of life projects are about to become 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 drafts led by Murphy are set to become law. They include:
- $1.2 million to buy body cameras for the Orlando Police Department to improve public safety and enhance the accountability of law enforcement. The cameras will include automatic activation technology, which helps officers focus on the situation in front of them during critical moments.
- $688,000 to restore the Little Wekiva River removing sediment, reshaping the historic river flow and replanting the basin with beneficial native plant species. The goal is to restore the vibrant ecosystem of the Little Wekiva River, improve flow, reduce potential flooding, and improve water quality.
- $400,000 to support Sanford’s Hope & Healing Center, a partnership between AdventHealth and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. The Center helps people struggling with opioid addiction, especially low-income people and people without health insurance.
- Nearly $260,000 for the Sanford Housing Authority Construct a new administrative office building in historic Goldsboro to provide better and more accessible services to low-income people in the community.
- $250,000 to purchase a mammography machine for the primary care medical clinic of 26Health, a nonprofit organization in Orlando. This machine will improve community access to breast cancer screenings.
Additionally, the bill includes the following projects led by Murphy:
- $900,000 to upgrade the city of Oviedo’s wastewater reuse systemincreasing the amount of reclaimed water available to city residents and decreasing the amount of potable water used in the city.
- $500,000 to support innovative programs at the University of Central Florida to support children and families in marginalized communities, with the goal of promoting access to and success in early childhood and post-secondary education.
- $475,000 to purchase state-of-the-art simulation lab equipment for Seminole State College’s Emergency Medical Services and Respiratory Care programs, so students can better prepare for careers in health care and first responders.
- $300,000 for the Orange County Public Schools program to train and certify individuals in parent-child interaction therapy— evidence-based short-term treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral problems and their caregivers.
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