Omnibus Bill Contains Support for MDC Thanks to Members of Local Federal Delegation
Miami, March 13, 2009 - Despite a threatened filibuster that forced a four-day delay in passage, the Senate passed the $410 billion omnibus spending bill by voice vote last Tuesday night. The measure, which provides new funding authority to most government agencies, was signed by President Obama Wednesday.
With passage of the omnibus, Congress has finally put to rest funding for fiscal 2009, which technically began five months ago on October 1, 2008. The government has been operating under a stop-gap spending bill since last fall that kept agencies funded but did not allow them to implement new spending priorities. Included in this omnibus bill are two designated appropriations for Miami Dade College (MDC). Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart requested the appropriation for the Kendal Environmental Center and Congresswoman and MDC alumna Ileana Ros-Lehtinen requested the appropriation for the Medical Center Campus.
For Kendall Campus, the appropriation is for $142,500 in support of the campus’ Environmental Education Center - a nine acre area with lake, pine rock land, butterfly garden, hardwood hammock, outdoor learning pavilion and other features aimed at providing students and the community with hands on environmental education opportunities. Future plans include the construction of a full fledged demonstration facility that will serve as a dynamic educational resource center.
$95,000 has also been designated to help the Medical Center Campus address the growing demand for healthcare professionals through enhanced programs and the purchase of advanced training equipment. Funds will assist in the upgrading and purchasing of state-of-the-art simulation technology for the Nursing and Allied Health programs including dental hygiene and vision care.
Members of the local and state federal delegation have always been supportive of MDC and have come through with critical funding for numerous facilities including labs, libraries, education centers and the Freedom Tower.
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