A letter is being circulated by the Great Lakes Task Force in the U.S. House in support of the Water Resources and Development Act and proposals that would benefit the Great Lakes. Two different versions of the Water Resources and Development Act have passed–one in the U.S. House and one in the Senate–and they now must be reconciled into one document. This sign on letter offers suggestions for what content from the U.S. House version should be included as well as what content from the U.S. Senate version should remain. Included in the recommendations is the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, which would authorize the GLRI for 5 years at $300 million annually. The other items mentioned in the letter are supportive of Great Lakes health and restoration, including Sewer Overflow Control Grants and Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration. Read the letter here.
Currently, Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Sander Levin (D-Mich), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), David Trott (R-Mich.), Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), André Carson (D-Ind.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), and Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) have signed on to the letter.
have signed on. Please take a moment to encourage your Representatives to sign onto this letter. The deadline has been extended again to Tuesday, November 1, close of business, so please send a note right away either via twitter (a list of handles can be found here) or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Sam Breene at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign on.