Letters

Coalition to Senate Appropriators Regarding Agriculture and Related Agencies Budget

April 2019

To: The Honorable John Hoeven
Chairperson
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
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Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Jeff Merkley
Ranking Member
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
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Washington, D.C. 20510

From: The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
And the undersigned environmental non-governmental organizations

Dear Chairperson Hoeven and Ranking Member Merkley:

On behalf of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, we write to ask that you assure the Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill provides funding for Great Lakes restoration priorities. We are grateful for the much-needed support the region has received. We are seeing on-the-ground results because of the investments in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. However, the Great Lakes still face many urgent problems, which is why we are concerned with the President’s proposed budget. The problems we face will only get worse and the price we pay will be much higher if the federal partnership with the region is scaled back.