UPDATE: President's FY21 budget Includes $123.2M for Soo Locks; Also funds from Army Corps
Today, President Donald Trump released his FY 2021 budget request, which included many First District priorities, such as funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and continued investments for a new Poe-sized Lock in Sault Ste. Marie. Rep. Jack Bergman issued the following release:
"While Congress ultimately has the final say in the budgeting process, I'm grateful President Trump has prioritized Michigan's First District in his FY 2021 budget. From rural broadband connectivity and national security needs, to protecting our Great Lakes and building a new Lock in the Soo - this budget is a major victory for the constituents of the First District."
The President's FY 2021 Budget Request Includes:
- $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI);
- $123.2 million for Construction of a New Lock in Sault Ste. Marie;
- Record funding for the Department of Veterans' Affairs;
- Investments in Veteran suicide prevention initiatives;
- Critical funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS);
- $250 million to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural e-Connectivity "ReConnect" program;
- Additional resources to address PFAS contamination;
-$13.5 million for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education to expand broadband access in Indian Country; and
-Expanded access to telemedicine services for rural or vulnerable patient populations.
On the heels of President Trump announcing $123.2 million in his FY21 budget proposal for construction of a new Lock, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they had updated the FY20 Work Plan to include an additional $50 million for the Locks project.
This brings funding levels for this fiscal year to $125.3 million. Rep. Bergman issued the following statement:
"After decades of political inaction, the momentum continues to grow as we make construction of a new Lock in Sault Ste. Marie a reality. The Army Corps' increase in funding keeps this project moving forward and further highlights how important this critical infrastructure is to our nation. This has truly been a momentous day for the First District of Michigan."
The Army Corps FY2020 Work Plan can be