2018-03-08 / Opinions

VIEW from Washington

Mitchell disappointed in reduced Great Lakes funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Representative Paul Mitchell (MI- 10) released the following statement after President Trump’s FY2019 budget proposal called for vastly reduced funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI):

“While there are many things in the president’s budget proposal I support, I am disappointed the president’s proposal does not call for full funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,” said Mitchell. “Our Great Lakes are a national treasure, and the GLRI supports critical projects that improve water quality, combat invasive species, protect the Great Lakes ecosystem, and more. As I did in 2017, I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to push for full funding of the GLRI.”

In November 2017, Representative Mitchell sent a bipartisan letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, requesting $300 million for the GLRI. Representative Mitchell is a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, dedicated to advancing policies and programs that protect environmental quality throughout the Great Lakes basin.

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