Stabenow response to Great Lakes Funding cuts in President Trump's Budget Proposal

His proposed budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency funding for Great Lakes restoration programs by 90% from 300 million to 30 million

Funding for cleanup and restoration projects in the Great Lakes would be significantly slashed under President Donald Trump's budget plan released Monday.

As with last year's proposal, Trump seeks to essentially eliminate funding that would help clean up the Great Lakes, cutting funding from $300 million to just $30 million. That could jeopardize progress already made in dealing with pollution, invasive species and other threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Too often, access to Uncle Sam's wallet is an excuse for wasteful spending. Governor Snyder says he's looking forward to "working with the Trump Administration and serving as a role model for infrastructure development solutions".




The coalition also criticized the administration's proposed "infrastructure" plan saying it actually makes less money available for key projects that protect human and environmental health. 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. "More frequent and intense storms increase runoff into the lakes and stress our water infrastructure, and accelerate harmful algal blooms". "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 Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to OH, and this initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy. "In all, it makes no sense". Now Trump's budget would give it $30 million. As the Free Pressnotes, the cuts were buried in one line in a 96-page budget without explanation - a move that Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee called "draconian". The health of our Great Lakes must be a higher priority.

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said.

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.

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