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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures Funding for Wisconsin’s Great Lakes

Senate Appropriations Committee includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

By - Nov 20th, 2017 04:59 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Appropriations Committee today released the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior and Environment funding bill, which includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) that Senator Baldwin secured as a member of the committee.

“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical for the health of our region, our communities, and our clean water resources. It helps us clean up polluted sites, restore water quality and combat invasive species,” said Senator Baldwin. “Preserving the Great Lakes is not just an environmental goal – it is an economic necessity, and I’m glad to see the Senate Appropriations Committee has taken this positive step to fully fund this important initiative.”

Last month, Senator Baldwin joined  a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues calling on the Office of Management and Budget to include this critical funding in the legislation. A copy of the October letter is available here.

In May, Senator Baldwin championed a bipartisan agreement to fully fund the GLRI in omnibus funding legislation. The GLRI is a critical program for the Great Lakes region that helps protect our clean water resources. President Trump proposed eliminating federal funding for this program, suggesting that instead we could rely on the State of Wisconsin and local governments to provide this critical funding. Senator Baldwin has championed the GLRI and protecting our Great Lakes throughout her time in the Senate. Last year, Senator Baldwin successfully fought to reauthorize the GLRI for five more years in bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Obama.

The text of the Draft FY2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill is available here.

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2 thoughts on “U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Secures Funding for Wisconsin’s Great Lakes”

  1. mbradleyc says:

    Good job! This is very important. This is an international prerogative. You can’t leave it on the states. They have too many other priorities.

  2. Thomas says:

    This is good news. Trump’s initially dismissive reaction to this initiative suggests that he may not be aware of the significant percentage of our world’s fresh water contained in our Great Lakes. These lakes matter a great deal to those of us who live near them. They could eventually matter even more to many of those who live elsewhere on this planet.

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