Action Alert Reminder: Urge Your Member of Congress Support Full GLRI Funding

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 twitterThe deadline for sign ons to this letter is Friday, March 13, 2015. Offices should contact

 Talking Points

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
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