Big Deal Bill Needs Big Support

On the same day that the U.S. Senate introduced the Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2010 (S. 3073), Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) brought it to the U.S. House (H.R. 4755). This bill is a big deal. The bill would streamline proven Great Lakes programs into one act allowing us to fight invasive species, clean up toxic hot spots and move on other restoration priorities without having to drop everything each year to lobby Congress for another authorization.

This landmark bill would be funded every five years, allowing us to dedicate more time and effort to restoration work. Rep. Ehlers introduced the bill with three co-sponsors – Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Since then, 28 more House members have added their signatures. But there are still more Great Lakes Representatives out there, and we need their support.

Take a look at the list of co-sponsors. If your lawmaker’s name isn’t there, please contact his office and urge him to support it. (The dates indicate when each Representative signed on as a co-sponsor.)

Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] – 3/16/2010

Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 3/9/2010

Rep Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. [PA-3] – 3/25/2010

Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] – 3/4/2010

Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 4/15/2010

Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] – 4/29/2010

Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] – 3/10/2010

Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] – 3/9/2010

Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] – 4/20/2010

Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] – 3/10/2010

Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] – 3/10/2010

Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] – 3/4/2010

Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] – 4/13/2010

Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] – 3/11/2010

Rep Lee, Christopher J. [NY-26] – 3/12/2010

Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12] – 3/9/2010

Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 4/13/2010

Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] – 3/9/2010

Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] – 4/13/2010

Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] – 3/15/2010

Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] – 3/9/2010

Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] – 4/28/2010

Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] – 4/13/2010

Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 3/9/2010

Rep Schauer, Mark H. [MI-7] – 3/9/2010

Rep Sestak, Joe [PA-7] – 4/20/2010

Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] – 3/4/2010

Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] – 3/9/2010

Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] – 3/9/2010

Rep Visclosky, Peter J. [IN-1] – 3/22/2010

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