Trump budget cuts Great Lakes cleanup funding

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Members of Congress should insist on adequate funding for the Great Lakes project - with emphasis on "adequate", not necessarily every dime being sought for the expensive campaign. Well, it's time to stand up again.

His proposed budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency funding for Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay restoration programs by 90 percent. His administration says state, local, and tribal governments should be responsible for regional water cleanups.

It's the administration's second attempt to curtail federal spending on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative - last year, the president's budget plan would have eliminated funding for the program entirely.

As we've seen locally, the impact of pollution, algae and invasive species can quickly get out of control. "We look forward to working with Congress to put in place a bi-partisan infrastructure package that works for people, communities, businesses, and the Great Lakes".

Our representatives in Washington need to take notice of the short-sighted and risky proposal to drastically cut EPA funding and take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen. A selection of responses from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle below: Dave Joyce, Ohio (R): "Today feels like Groundhog Day as it relates to the Great Lakes funding". "If there's one thing we've learned, we can't take it for granted that others understand how important our water is". Advocates say they'll resist the proposed spending cuts. "In all, it makes no sense".

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However, the government is shut down because they missed the midnight deadline, but opened back up again shortly before 6 a.m. He said he hoped his stand would teach conservatives "to not accept just anything because it comes from a GOP Congress".

"The Trump Administration budget is a non-starter".

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from MI, released the following statement: "Michigan deserves better than this".

In Upstate New York, initiative money has helped clean up tributaries to Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, improve water quality in the Finger Lakes, relocate mussel populations in the St. Regis River and prevent the spread of invasive species in Lake Ontario.

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said. "Just like previous year, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".