Stabenow says she'll continue to work on getting a bi-partisan group together to keep funding for the Great Lakes.
It's the administration's second attempt to curtail federal spending on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative - last year, the president's budget plan would have eliminated funding for the program entirely.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which Senator Stabenow authored in 2010 and has continued to champion, is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes, beaches, and waterways and fighting invasive species like Asian carp. It places the financial burden on local communities, which have taken on the lion's share of funding these expensive projects over the last 40 years and have consequently seen water bills skyrocket for individuals and families.
The Trump budget now goes to Congress, which will adopt some of it, change most and form its own federal government funding package for fiscal 2019 that must pass the House and Senate before going back to Trump to sign into law. "The Great Lakes help to generate billions of dollars in economic activity and support 1.5 million good-paying jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries", Kildee said.
The Great Lakes program is the largest program. This time, rather than zeroing it out, he proposes a 90 percent cut: from $300 million to $30 million.More news: Batla House terrorist nabbed after 10 years
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"The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure".
Other programs remain nearly fully funded, including those devoted to cleaning up Superfund sites and surface water protection. "In all, it makes no sense". It works to combat threats to the Great Lakes, such as invasive species or loss of habitats.
Funding for projects to protect our Great Lakes could be hanging in the balance under President Donald Trump's proposed budget.
Campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Todd Ambs says, "The Trump plan is pure fantasy and will not help solve the nation's water infrastructure crisis".
"If there were to be any kind of substantial cuts, I think it would be hard to improve water quality", Dodson said.