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March 2nd 2017

Great Lakes Update: Specter of Drastic Budget Cuts Looms

We’re hearing that the Trump Administration’s proposed budget drastically slashes EPA funding—including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million. See this twitter post from Rob Davis, an Oregon reporter. The leaked budget numbers likely come from the administration’s initial budget to which the EPA had until Wednesday to respond. The Trump Administration has said that it will release its final budget the week of March 13, 2017.

We are taking the budget numbers seriously. Below is an on-the-record statement that you can attribute to Chad Lord, policy director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition that reflects the leaked budget and discourse over the past few weeks in which the Trump Administration has telegraphed its strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency.

“If true, the level of cuts being discussed would be devastating. Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results across the region, but serious threats remain. These cuts will essentially stop restoration efforts in their tracks, in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. Thirty million people depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life. Absent a strong course correction by the Trump Administration, we will work with Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress to maintain funding at current levels to ensure that Great Lakes restoration efforts remain a top national priority.”

The specter of drastic cuts to Great Lakes restoration programs comes only weeks after more than 40 Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House sent a letter to President Trump urging him to invest $300 million in Great Lakes restoration programs.

 

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March 2nd 2017

Action Alert: Sign On Letter to Urge Trump Administration to Allow Army Corps to Finish Study, Protect Great Lakes

The alert has ended with 26 Representatives signing on. Those who joined after this alert was sent out include Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.). You can read the final letter here.

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February 7th 2017

Updated Action Alert: Extended Deadline to Urge Representatives to Support GLRI Funding

Read the final letter here.

A letter in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative fiscal year 2018 funding is circulating in the House of Representatives and the deadline has been extended.  We’re asking Representatives in the Great Lakes region to sign on to urge President Trump to include $300 million in his FY 2018 budget. The deadline is today, Thursday, February 9 – we hope that Coalition members and partners can make calls to Representatives asking that they sign on to this letter. The letter is being circulated by Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), David Joyce (R-Ohio), and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

There are 47 sign-ons so far: Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Dave Trott (R-Mich.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and Darren Soto (D-Fla.).

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February 6th 2017

Action Alert: Urge Representatives to Sign On to Support GLRI Funding

A letter in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative fiscal year 2018 funding is circulating in the House of Representatives.  We’re urging Representatives in the Great Lakes region to sign on to urge President Trump to include $300 million in his FY 2018 budget. The deadline is tomorrow, February 7th – we hope that Coalition members and partners can make calls to Representatives asking that they sign on to this letter. The letter is being circulated by Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), David Joyce (R-Ohio), and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

There are 19 sign-ons so far: Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)

Please thank your members if they’ve signed on! The Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 will direct you to your member.

Offices should contact: Rose Luttenberger with Rep. Levin (rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov) or Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (chris.cooper@mail.house.gov) to sign on.

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January 12th 2017

Great Lakes Update: Transition from Obama Administration to Trump Administration Begins

With a new Congress in session and the presidential transition only a few days away, Washington, D.C., has seen a flurry of activity over the past several weeks, with significant implications for the future of the Great Lakes and national environmental policy.

 

Trump Nominates Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

President-elect Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt’s skepticism of manmade climate change and other positions have left many to question how he will lead the federal agency charged with implementing and enforcing the nation’s environmental laws. Despite this, Bloomberg BNA reports that Republican leadership in the Senate expect Mr. Pruitt to be confirmed as EPA Administrator.

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  • 2017 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference! The location and dates for the 13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference has been announced. We will be in Buffalo, N.Y. October 17-19, 2017. As more information becomes available in the spring, please check back with our Great Lakes Restoration Conference website.  

  • 2017 Great Lakes Day

    Looking for information about the 2017 Great Lakes Day? Our annual education and outreach day will be held in Washington, D.C. March 15-16. Visit the Great Lakes Day website here for more information.

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