House budgeters defy Trump by allotting $300 million for Great Lakes cleanup

Ignoring President Donald Trump’s suggested elimination of federal money for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, U.S. House of Representatives budgeters on Tuesday announced they plan to allocate $300 million for the program.

In addition to giving the Great Lakes cleanup program the same amount of money it got most years before Trump took office, a 2018 budget draft unveiled Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee took other steps sought by Ohio’s congressional members.  Click on the following quote to access the full story.

“It is still beyond me why the President whose political fortune is so tied to the Great Lakes states, would gut funding for such a valuable environmental and economic resource as the Great Lakes,” said a statement from Kaptur, who vowed to “keep the pressure up” to ensure Congress provides the necessary resources safeguard the lakes.”

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