Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on the President’s Budget Eliminating Funding for Great Lakes Protection Efforts

March 16, 2017

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump unveiled his budget, which eliminates funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

“The President’s budget is incredibly short-sighted and reckless. In addition to deep cuts to medical research, job training, affordable housing programs and heating assistance for the poor, the President wants to eliminate all funding to protect the Great Lakes. With his budget, the President is essentially saying our way of life in Michigan doesn’t matter.

“Such irresponsible cuts to Great Lakes protection efforts will expose our freshwater to major threats, including invasive species like Asian carp and pollution. These are very real threats not only to our environment, but also our economy—the Great Lakes generate billions in annual economic activity and support 1.5 million good-paying jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries.

“There’s a sad irony in the President proposing to eliminate Great Lakes protection efforts today on Great Lakes Day. This morning, like in years past, Democratic and Republican Members of Congress came together with Great Lakes advocates to discuss our shared interests in protecting the world’s largest freshwater supply. Protecting the Great Lakes has never been a partisan issue. Congress ultimately sets the nation’s budget and I will fight these reckless cuts in every way that I can.”

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