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U.S. House Pushes Back to Restore Great Lakes Funding

U.S. House Pushes Back to Restore Great Lakes Funding
March 31, 2017 Mary Ellen Geist
Photo courtesy of Kevin McCoy via Wikimedia

63 Republicans and Democrats Urge  Trump Administration Not to Cut Funding from 300 million a year to Zero 

In the wake of President Trump’s budget outline released earlier this month that would eliminate Great Lakes restoration programs, 63 Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives  sent a letter to House appropriators, asking that Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding be restored to $300 million in fiscal year 2018. The Trump Administration’s budget outline proposed complete cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, from $300 million annually to zero.

Read the letter here.

The 63 signatories come from the eight Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, as well as California, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C.

Signatories include:

Minnesota: U.S. Reps. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).

Wisconsin: U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.)

Illinois: U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), Pete Roskam (R-Ill.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.).

Indiana: U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and André Carson (D-Ind.).

Michigan: U.S. Reps. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Dave Trott (R-Mich.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.).

Ohio: U.S. Reps. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Michael Turner (R-Ohio), and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio).

Pennsylvania: U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).

New York: U.S .Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Elise Stefanik (D-N.Y.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), and Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.).

Other states: U.S. Reps. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

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