Kaptur Votes To Pass Legislation Investing In Great Lakes Communities

December 10, 2019
Press Release


Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, spoke in favor of H.R. 729, The Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act, ahead of its passage on the House floor. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration. An amendment introduced on a bipartisan basis by Reps. Kaptur and Charlie Christ (R-FL) to expand eligibility to the climate change adaptation preparedness and response program for Harmful Algal Bloom related activities also passed.

Full floor statement below as prepared [Video]:


Madam Speaker, I rise to support HR 729 and call attention to the Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act (GLFRA) which  authorizes the USGS Science Center for the Great Lakes. I commend Congressman Quigley for his hard work on the legislation.


USGS protects the Great Lakes fishery from invasive species that threaten the integrity of our Lakes. Today, in my district, USGS is leading the charge to identify and contain Grass Carp, a pernicious invasive whose population threatens to explode but for the work of the federal science agencies.


Every day our country sits idle, with inadequate direction to USGS, we allow invasive species to undermine the multibillion-dollar Great Lakes fishery. 


The Great Lakes have come a long way since the Cuyahoga river caught fire 60 years ago, but we have a long way to go. With this authorization, USGS will be able to conduct deep-water ecosystem science, and help us better understand fish movement and behavior. And for my district, which contains the most productive, shallowest and warmest part of the Great Lakes, the Western Basin of Lake Erie, USGS’s work protects the region’s ecological and economic future.


Thank you and I yield back.