U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow rejects the proposed Great Lakes marked as "excessive".
The proposed 2019 federal budget would cut Great Lakes funding from $300 million to $30 million - a 90-percent reduction in programming to clean up targeted areas; prevent and control invasive species; reduce nutrient runoff; and restore wildlife habitats. A selection of responses from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle below: Dave Joyce, Ohio (R): "Today feels like Groundhog Day as it relates to the Great Lakes funding".
But, as is the case with so numerous president's initiatives, he is right in insisting that if taxpayers' money is spent, results must be achieved.
Other programs remain nearly fully funded, including those devoted to cleaning up Superfund sites and surface water protection.
Trump announced the $1.2 trillion budget proposal for the next fiscal year on Monday, including in it $23 billion for border security, $21 billion for infrastructure and $17 billion to fund efforts to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, as well as increasing military spending by 13 percent to $80 billion. That's down from $167 million previous year.
There was some good news in the budget for clean water efforts, with the administration including $2.65 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, which provide low-interest loans to communities to fix and build wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.
Campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Todd Ambs says, "The Trump plan is pure fantasy and will not help solve the nation's water infrastructure crisis". And, the Trump plan guts clean water protections that every American depends on for clean, safe drinking water. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a vital tool used to boost our Great Lakes both environmentally and economically. With that in mind, compare the size of the Finger Lakes and the Great Lakes and it's easy to see what an enormous resource the Great Lakes are and how many people are directly affected by them. "Just like previous year, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".