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Portman Statement on the Administration Proposal to Cut Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement on the Trump administration's FY 2020 budget request to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) by 90 percent, saying he would again fight to preserve the program and its funding:

"For the past few years, no matter whether it was a Republican or Democratic-led administration, there have been attempts to cut or eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. And every year, we have successfully defeated those efforts and ensured that this critical program receives full funding. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy. It has been a critical tool in our efforts to help protect and restore Lake Erie. I have long championed this program, and I will continue to do everything I can to protect and preserve Lake Erie, including preserving this critical program and its funding."

Senator Portman, who serves as co-chairman of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to protect Lake Erie, which provides drinking water for three million Ohioans and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs.  The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is currently funded at $300 million annually.  Under both the Obama and Trump administrations there has been attempts to cut or eliminate the funding and every time Portman, along with his bipartisan colleagues in the Senate, has rejected those efforts and ensured the programs received full funding.




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Revised: 03/14/19 23:29:46 -0400.

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