President Trump Seeks To Slash Great Lakes Funding By 90 Percent

Emilio Banks
February 15, 2018

The Republican-led U.S. House Appropriations Committee previous year squelched Trump's attempted cuts for 2018 and fully funded the initiative, which enjoys wide bipartisan support and which funds water quality oversight, agricultural runoff mitigation, wildlife habitat preservation and more. Well, it's time to stand up again.

Trump's latest budget proposal looks to cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by $267,963,000 - or by about 90%. His administration says state, local, and tribal governments should be responsible for regional water cleanups.

Trump's budget targets water cleanup programs and he is trying to eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic USA waterways. With that in mind, compare the size of the Finger Lakes and the Great Lakes and it's easy to see what an enormous resource the Great Lakes are and how many people are directly affected by them.

Our representatives in Washington need to take notice of the short-sighted and unsafe proposal to drastically cut EPA funding and take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from MI, released a statement immediately following Trump's announcement, saying.

"If there's one thing we've learned, we can't take it for granted that others understand how important our water is", Stabenow said. Advocates say they'll resist the proposed spending cuts.

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The GLRI is an inter-agency program created to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes, and works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem. He said he plans to continue working to protect the Great Lakes and keep the GLRI fully funded.

Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure. In all, it makes no sense".

Trump's budget would give it $30 million.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a statement that the GLRI is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes and for heading off invasive species like Asian carp.

In a statement released today, Kildee calls the cuts reckless.

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said. "I will fight these draconian cuts in every way that I can", he said.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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