In light of the proposed cuts in the President’s budget blueprint, we are looking to our bipartisan Congressional champions to restore funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the FY2020 budget. Please reach out to your Representatives and ask them to join a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment that funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million in the next fiscal year.

You may contact your Member of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. 

Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), and Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) are circulating the letter. So far the following Representatives have signed on: Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Sean Casten (D-Ill), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Mike Turner (R-Ohio), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

Talking Points and resources:


  • The nation cannot afford to stop protecting the Great Lakes – More than 30 million people depend on them for drinking water
  • Restoration programs protect our drinking water, create jobs, protect public health and uphold a way of life for millions of people
  • Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results, but serious threats remain
  • Cutting restoration programs or agency budgets  will cost taxpayers more money—because projects will only be harder and more expensive the longer we wait.
  • With many of our cities and towns living with unsafe drinking water, now is not the time to cut back on clean water programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. We need more—not less—protection for clean water.
  • Cutting restoration programs will cost taxpayers more money—because projects will only be harder and more expensive the longer we wait




The deadline to sign on is Monday, March 25. Reps who would like to sign on or have questions should contact: contact Kevin Rambosk with Rep. Dingell, Kevin Dawson with Rep. Kelly, Jordan Dickinson with Rep. Kildee, or Maggie Woodin with Rep. Gallagher.