Rep. Slotkin responds to president's proposed cuts to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Budget proposal calls for a 90 percent cut in program

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) - U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin released a statement in response to the proposed cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the requested budget President Trump.

“I’m still going through the President’s budget, but one area of disappointment is the proposed 90 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,” Slotkin said. "In Michigan, protecting our Great Lakes is a bipartisan issue — because it's about our economy and our way of life. I will be working with my Michigan colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stop these cuts.”

The president's 2020 budget released Monday calls for spending $30 million on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program intended to remove toxic pollution, fight invasive species and deal with other longstanding environmental problems in the eight-state region. That's a 90 percent cut from the $300 million the program has gotten in most years since it began in 2010.

The budget also proposes a 90 percent cut cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay and would eliminate restoration funding for the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, South Florida, San Francisco Bay and Puget Sound.

Mr. Trump sought similar cutbacks in his previous budgets but Congress rejected them.

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