Trump budget eliminates all Great Lakes Restoration Initiative spending

Published: Mar. 16, 2017 at 9:41 AM EDT
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President Donald Trump's $1.15 trillion budget proposal released Thursday morning eliminates all money for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Previous reports indicated the president's budget plan would cut 97 percent of the $300 million GLRI. However, the proposal the White House released Thursday shows the entire federal program would be eliminated.

The White House says the cut "returns the responsibility for funding local environmental efforts and programs to state and local entities, allowing (the)EPA to focus on its highest national priorities."

The GLRI accelerates efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes by providing grants to clean up contaminated areas, prevent and control invasive species, address harmful algae blooms and restore habitats to protect native species.

The budget proposal still has to go through Congress. Republican Congressman Jack Bergman released a statement in support of the GLRI over the weekend. Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow planned a media call later Thursday morning to speak about the importance the importance of the GLRI to Michigan families and sportsmen.

The president's budget is a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that cuts many domestic programs. It significantly increases in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

You can read the whole 62-page budget document from the White House in the related links section on this page.

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