Trump's 2019 Budget Would Slash Great Lakes Funding

Erica Roy
February 15, 2018

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, denounced the proposed Great Lakes cuts as "outrageous". Well, it's time to stand up again.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2018)-The Trump Administration today released its proposed budget, which drastically cuts core Great Lakes programs as well as funding for the federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with implementing them.

Trump's budget targets water cleanup programs and he is trying to eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic US waterways. "These investments have bipartisan support because protecting our Great Lakes is not a partisan issue", Kildee said.

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. "People across MI spoke out and took action past year to stop these cuts and I know they'll do so again". He said he plans to continue working to protect the Great Lakes and keep the GLRI fully funded.

The budget recommendation, released Monday, would also slash funding by 90% for programs to eliminate pollution in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary.

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The Trump budget now goes to Congress, which will adopt some of it, change most and form its own federal government funding package for fiscal 2019 that must pass the House and Senate before going back to Trump to sign into law.

"The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure". And, the Trump plan guts clean water protections that every American depends on for clean, safe drinking water.

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from MI, released the following statement: "Michigan deserves better than this".

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

"If there were to be any kind of substantial cuts, I think it would be hard to improve water quality", Dodson said.

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