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Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Trump Budget Cuts to Great Lakes

May 23, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the White House budget unveiled today completely eliminates funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI):

“In eliminating Great Lakes restoration funding, President Trump is threatening our state’s jobs, our livelihood and our way of life. The Great Lakes help to generate billions in economic activity in Michigan and support 1.5 million good-paying jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries. Eliminating Great Lakes protections not only jeopardizes our economy, but also opens up our waters to invasive species like Asian carp.

“Protecting our Great Lakes is not a partisan issue; the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has always had the support of Republicans and Democrats in Congress. I will fight these terrible cuts by the President to our Great Lakes.”