Record number of representatives urge appropriators to restore Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding

A letter circulating in the House of Representatives since February in response to President Obama’s proposed budget closed on Monday with a record number of 55 signatories. The president’s budget would cut $50 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative–a popular program aimed at cleaning up toxic sediment, restoring wildlife habitat, and reducing the threat from invasive species. The letter, circulated by Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio), and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) urges appropriators to restore Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to $300 million–the level currently appropriated for fiscal year 2016.

You can read the letter here.

The following Representatives signed on to this letter: Reps. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), Dave Trott (R-Mich.), David Joyce (R-Ohio), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.), Glenn Thompson (R-Penn.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.),  Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.).

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