Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is supporting a bill that would provide critical research funding to counter the effects of citrus greening, a bacterial disease that could wipe out Florida's multibillion dollar citrus industry. The legislation, introduced by her Florida colleague Vern Buchanan, will counter the deadly effects that this disease could have on this important Florida job creator.
Citrus greening, known as HLB, is causing widespread harm to the state's $9 billion citrus industry and improving research against the disease is key to combating it. Funding for the bill's main component, the Citrust Research and Development Trust Fund, would not cost the taxpayer added monies as it will be financed through a part of the tariff on imported orange juice.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "I'm pleased to support this bipartisan bill to counter the devastating effects citrus greening has on Florida's important citrus industry. In our state of Florida, the citrus industry signifies a $9 billion dollar job creator that is key to our state's financial health. I urge my colleagues to join the members of the Florida delegation who are supporting this bill to help us fight this insidious disease and its devastating effects on our critical citrus sector."