Tomorrow is the last day that the Great Lakes Senators can sign onto the Great Lakes Legacy Act as original co-sponsors. It is time for reauthorization of the law that is the best tool in our carpenter’s box to clean up the toxic legacy of the industrial age. US Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and George Voinovich (R-OH) are actively seeking co-sponsors and will introduce the bill this week.
Cosponsors send a strong signal to the guys with the money on the Hill, according to Joy Mulinex, the Great Lakes Task Force Director. “If only a couple of Members sign onto a bill that impacts such a large region, people may wonder why additional members are not on the bill and whether there is a reason,” she adds.
The reauthorization will provide more money – $150 million each year for five years –and it irons out some of the kinks that appeared over the past few years to make the program more efficient and successful.
This is a no brainer for Great Lakes Senators – there is no reason that they should not be co-sponsors and active stewards of this much needed legislation. Please contact your Senators immediately to let them know that you expect them to sign on. The Capitol Switchboard number is 202-224-3121.
“It absolutely helps to have constituents call into an office so that a Member knows that his constituents care! It’s good to know that a bill will have an impact back in a Member’s district,” Mulinex tells HOW.
The US House is still crafting its legislation but they intend to introduce it at a House Transportation Committee hearing on May 21.