$300M for Great Lakes in U.S. House budget bill
A budget committee of the US House of Representatives issued a law restoring $ 300 million in funding for the Great Lakes removed as part of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal in 2018.
The Bill on National and Environmental Credits for the 2018 Financial Year published by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, July 11 contains annual money for the removal of toxic sediments in the Great Lakes and the management of invasive species Has committed through a White House budget that deeply mitigated environmental programs.
The appropriations bill still needs to be voted on by the full House and Senate committee, but the inclusion of money in the Great Lakes into the bill, one of many that would fund the government on October 1, with Support regional advocates worried about the possible loss of restoring popular Great Lakes Initiative (GLRI).
The action on the house floor has not yet been scheduled, but the inclusion of money in the bill is an important step in the survival of a program that environmental quality agencies reported to improve the ecological health of the tributaries , Estuaries and ecosystems of the Great Lakes in various states of the battle won by Trump during the 2016 elections.
The White House said states should be responsible for the costs of the Great Lakes program, although states have argued that the scope of work beyond their financial capacity. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says that eliminating the CSF and further reducing the agency’s environmental protection would damage the cleanliness, control and enforcement of the pollution.
The GLRI has what is called self-authorization, which allows Congress to specifically direct the EPA to spend $ 300 million to protect the Great Lakes.
“The Great Lakes Initiative Restoration is a vital work in Michigan to protect the Great Lakes and streams, rivers and lakes that meet there,” said United States Representative John Moolenaar, a Michigan Republican to accredit House committee .
“I have worked hard for this important priority for our state that will be funded by current legislation.”
The bill restores a $ 1.9 billion $ 2.4 billion reduction proposed by Trump to the EPA, which faces a one-third reduction in funding.
The budget proposal for Trump EPA was overthrown by Republicans in the House, who responded to cuts in regional programs in their districts when EPA Trump administrator Scott Pruitt defended the proposed budget hearings in Congress.
Delegates Ohio, David Joyce, a Republican, and Marcy Kaptur, Democrat, defended the GRLI during a meeting on June 15 with Pruitt, saying that money is essential for the protection of drinking water and to promote economic development along the lake Erie every summer plagued with noxious algae blooms that turn the lake into the color and consistency of green paint during severe episodes.
Both lawmakers sit in the House Finance Subcommittee, the environment and related agencies, in which the bill was approved Wednesday.
Kaptur calls the budget proposed by Trump “draconian”.
“It is still beyond me why the president, whose political fortunes are so closely linked to the Great Lakes states, would finance environmental and economic resources as important as the Great Lakes,” he said.