Today, U.S. congressional representatives on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee have requested the full $300 million in funding for the Great Lake Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14), both members of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the subcommittee has included their request for full funding of GLRI in its 2018 spending bill. This action is an important step to ensuring any final bill this year continues funding to the GLRI.
“As soon as President Trump’s draconian budget was released, I knew we would need a bipartisan front to beat back the harmful cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. I commend the bipartisan effort that was put into protecting GLRI funding for the Lakes, and I hope we can keep building on this progress,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “As Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, I will keep the pressure up to ensure Congress provides the resources necessary to ensure the health and productivity of the Great Lakes.”
“This is about where we swim, where we fish, and most importantly where we draw our drinking water. It is imperative that we continue to protect our Great Lakes, which continue to be an environmental and economic engine for our region,” said Congressman Joyce. “We have staved off elimination, but, this is just the first step in a long battle to the finish line to protect 20 percent of the world’s fresh water.”
The subcommittee bill can be read online.