Once again, Trump wants to cut Great Lakes restoration funding

President Trump has proposed cutting by 90 percent the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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.

But under President Trump's proposed budget, funding would plummet to only $30 million, meaning the restoration initiative would be losing a whopping $267,963.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office says the Governor is "happy to see President Trump and his team discussing infrastructure across the board".

The GLRI has previously received bipartisan support in Congress from Great Lakes adjoining areas. That's down from $167 million previous year. The money is used for projects like cleaning up pollution, protecting wildlife and rebuilding wetlands.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from MI, released a statement immediately following Trump's announcement, saying. No matter the administration - Republican or Democrat - it seems none of them understand how important fresh water and the Great Lakes are to many Americans. "This is outrageous. People across MI spoke out and took action a year ago to stop these cuts, and I know they'll do so again".




The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition consists of more than 150 environmental, conservation, outdoor recreation organizations, zoos, aquariums and museums representing millions of people, whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

"The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure".

Trump's budget would give it $30 million.

In a statement released today, Kildee calls the cuts reckless. While this budget proposal - like all other presidential budget proposals - is merely a blueprint, it does set the administration's priorities. Bill Huizenga, Michigan (R): "The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative plays a leading role in preserving and restoring the Great Lakes ecology while strengthening the Great Lakes economy".

"If there were to be any kind of substantial cuts, I think it would be hard to improve water quality", Dodson said.

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