President Obama included a $475 million Great Lakes Restoration initiative in his proposed FY2010 Budget – the largest Great Lakes funding commitment ever made by a President. While this is a great testament to our new Great Lakes President, Congress ultimately dictates federal funding levels. The first step in that process is the Congressional Budget Resolution, which is currently being debated in Congress. The House and Senate plan to pass their budget resolutions by the first week of April.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION: Please take ten minutes today to call Congress today to urge your Representative and Senators to make sure Congress matches the President’s Great Lakes funding commitment in their own budget. Here are the three easy steps:
1) Call the offices of your Representative and two U.S. Senators. You can reach them through their direct line or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking to be connected.
2) Make sure the staff person you speak with knows you are a constituent and tell them: “President Obama has included a $475 million Great Lakes Restoration initiative in his fiscal year 2010 budget to restore the Great Lakes and revive our economy. I urge [Representative / Senator _________] to reach out to Members of Congress on the Budget Committee in support of including the President’s Great Lakes restoration initiative in the Congressional Budget Resolution.”
3) Let the campaign know what kind of response you get by commenting on this post or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI: The following Great Lakes members of Congress are on the Budget Committee: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH), Sen. Russell Feingold (D-WI), and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). If you are calling these offices, just tell them directly that you urge them to include the funding in the Budget Resolution and urge them to work with their colleagues to build support.
Thank you for taking action to restore the Great Lakes!