Mario Diaz-Balart

Capitol Hill

Florida Legislators Speak Out On Government Funding Deal

With just hours to spare, Congress passed a plan to avoid a default and end a 16 day partial government shutdown. The votes came in late, but just in time to avoid the crisis. Just after midnight President Barack Obama signed the bill into law.

CBS4–10/17/2013

US Rep. Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart Caballero,R-FL, representative for Florida's 21st congressional district, visits the election center for the Venezuelan community in Doral, Florida, February 12, 2012.  Venezuelan celebrate for the first time a primary process to choose one opposition candidate to challenge President Hugo Chávez in presidential election on October. AFP PHOTO/Paula Bustamante (Photo credit should read PAULA BUSTAMANTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Immigrants Sit In At US Rep Diaz-Balart’s Office

Frida Ulloa’s mother and brother are U.S. citizens, and she’s lived in the United States for a decade, but under U.S. law, that wasn’t enough to get the 24 year-old college student a green card. Because her mother became a citizen just after Ulloa turned 21, she was no longer in the fast track for minors. It will likely take years for her to get U.S. residency.

10/11/2013

Jim DeFede & Donna Shalala (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Impact Of Affordable Care Act

Christmas Eve 2009 was they day when the U.S. Senate passed the Affordable Care Act along party lines; Democrats for it and Republicans against it. Four years later—and a lot of political fighting—the same is still true.

09/29/2013

A Federal food stamps card that is used to purchase food.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

GOP Targets Food Stamps For Nearly $40 Billion In Cuts

Late Thursday evening, the House of Representatives voted to slash the budget for the nation’s food-stamp program by $39 billion over the next ten years.

CBS Miami–09/20/2013

Cuban-American member of the US House of Representatives Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R) spoke at a press conference at Miami's International Airport with his brother Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (L) on Feb. 11, 2010.  (Source: Getty Images)

Diaz-Balart Matriarch Passes Away

Hilda Caballero Diaz-Balart, the mother of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, passed away at her Miami home on Wednesday at the age of 88.

CBS Miami–09/12/2013

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart discusses immigration reform. (CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Immigration Reform

Jim DeFede is joined by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart to discuss immigration reform and the bill introduced this week by a bipartisan group senators which details their plan.

CBS4–04/21/2013

Rapper Jay-Z. (credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Jay-Z Disses Critical Politicos In New Rap

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Flexing his musical muscle over a visit he and his wife Beyonce made to Cuba, rapper Jay-Z has released a new song which takes aims at politicos who have questioned the legality […]

04/11/2013

Beyonce and husband Jay-Z spent their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba. (Courtesy: La Guarida restaurant staff, Havana, Cuba)

Beyonce Cuba Trip Drawing Congressional Scorn

Superstar Beyonce’ and Jay-Z made headlines last week when they made a surprise trip to Cuba. The trip has drawn the attention of both Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

CBS Miami–04/08/2013

People walk past a poster portraying Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez near the Military Hospital in Caracas on March 5, 2013. Venezuela plunged deeper into an uncertain future on Tuesday as cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez took a turn for the worse, hit by a severe infection and breathing problems. The poster reads, "Chavez lives and smiles". AFP PHOTO / Leo RAMIREZ        (LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama, Local Politicians React To Chavez’s Death

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday afternoon after more than a decade in office and a lengthy fight with cancer. The death of Chavez, who has been virulently anti-American, was greeted with hope for the future from local politicians.

CBS Miami–03/05/2013

The focus of the FBI search at the Vitreo-Retinal Consultants Eye Center was reportedly Dr. Salomon Melgen’s finances. (Source: CBS4)

FBI Raids Palm Beach Office Of Doctor Tied To Sen. Menendez

FBI agents conducted a late night raid of the office of a prominent doctor and political donor.

CBS4–01/30/2013

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