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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative gets full funding for 2019

Passes by a vote of 217 to 199

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill on Thursday that'll provide full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for 2019.

Since the funding program started in 2009, tens of millions of dollars’ worth of improvements have been made to better these vital resources in the state of Michigan.

Fears it would be scrapped were heightened when President Trump became commander-in-chief, especially when early drafts of the federal bill slashed funds of the restoration initiative by up to 90%. This caused most Michigan politicians to voice their strong disapproval, with vows to get the money back in the bill.

By a vote of 217 to 199, the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2019 was passed and within it, the $300-million routinely set-aside for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate for approval.


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