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Kaptur, Joyce announce fully funded Great Lakes Restoration in House environment spending bill

July 11, 2017

Interior Appropriations bill includes $300 million for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14), both members of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the subcommittee has included their request for full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (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," saidCongresswoman Kaptur. "It is still beyond me why the President whose political fortune is so tied to the Great Lakes states, would gut funding for such a valuable environmental and economic resource as the Great Lakes. 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 continues to be an environmental and economic engine for our region. Multiple administrations have yet to see the wisdom of protecting this national treasure at the levels it deserves and it is incumbent that the Great Lakes legislators continue to do the heavy lifting to protect it. 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," said Congressman Joyce.