Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Inclusion of Great Lakes Funding in Interior and Environment Appropriations bill
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds the inclusion of $300 million in the Interior Appropriation Bill dedicated to fully funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). President Trump’s first budget proposal to Congress sought to eliminate funding for this important program. Despite this inclusion of funding, Congressman Ryan was forced to vote against the bill because of draconian cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other important programs. The measure passed 30-21 in a roll call vote.
“The Great Lakes are a vital resource and strategic advantage and it’s critical that we do everything in our power to safeguard their health and well-being. Lake Erie alone supports more than 117,000 full time jobs and provides clean drinking water to approximately 3 million Ohioans. President Trump’s attempt to take a sledgehammer to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for ideological reasons demonstrates a basic lack of understanding for just how important these lakes are to the region, and the nation. I am glad to see this funding included, and will do everything I can as a member of Congress to continue fighting to protect the Great Lakes,” said Congressman Ryan. “Unfortunately, while acknowledging the importance of protecting some natural resources, the overall appropriations bill made unacceptable cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. This legislation allows corporations to profit off of our environment, without being held accountable for cleaning up after themselves. I was left with no choice but to vote against the final legislation. We must do more so that our children and grandchildren are left with a planet better off than the one we inherited.”