This week is the final week for members of congress to sign on to a letter indicating support for restoring funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. President Obama, in his budget for 2016, proposed cutting the GLRI by $50 million, down to $250 million. Please join us in urging your member of congress to sign on to the letter.
So far, 51 members have signed on, including Reps.: David Joyce (R-Ohio), Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Chris Collins (R-NY), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Dave Trott (R-Mich.), Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Grace Meng (D-NY), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), John Katko (R-NY), and Andre Carson (D-Ind.).
You may contact your Member of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You may also reach out to your Representative via twitter. The deadline for sign ons to this letter is Friday, March 13, 2015. Offices should contact
- Dan Jourdan with Rep. Levin (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Matt McMurray with Rep. Slaughter (email@example.com); or
- Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (firstname.lastname@example.org);
When you call or tweet to your Congressional Representative, here are some talking points to consider:
- The Great Lakes provide drinking water and a way of life for over 30 million people
- The GLRI has enjoyed robust bipartisan support in past years
- The President’s budget cuts GLRI funding and we’d like to see it restored to $300 million
- GLRI projects are already producing results (local success stories can be found here)
- There is still more work to do, and current problems will only get worse and more costly the longer we wait