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Bill proposes 80 percent cut to Great Lakes funding
Congressional committee to vote on bill today
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
In The Region:

A congressional subcommittee is set to vote today on a bill that would drastically cut funding for the Great Lakes.

The bill would cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Clean Water State Revolving Loan fund by 80 percent for next year.

Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition’s Todd Ambs says he expects the committee to see the importance of maintaining the current $300 million level of funding.

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"We have seen broad bipartisan support in congress and certainly in our coalition of 120 groups across the region," Ambs says. "In the past, we have been able to get funding restored and continue the important work, and we have every reason to believe we will be able to do that again this time. But it is a reminder that we have to remain vigilant."

He went on to say the cuts could undo already successful efforts to clean up the lakes.

The vote follows Ohio Congressman Dave Joyce’s visit yesterday to Lake Erie to announce a Great Lakes protection act.

Joyce is a member of the subcommittee that will be voting on the bill today, and Ambs says he expects Joyce to remain one of the Great Lakes’ biggest champions. 

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