Republicans and Democratic lawmakers from the Great Lakes region have joined together in one voice to implore their colleagues to fully fund President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In a strongly worded letter, the Great Lakes Congressional Task Force explained the importance of this funding to our region and entire nation as the need for fresh drinking water shrinks around the globe. The letter is a rallying cry, evidence that our lawmakers will not back down because regardless of their politics they think this initiative is necessary for the nation.
The new money would address the problems of invasive species and toxic pollution that plague the lakes and endanger our drinking water. The region has had a strategy in place since 2005, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy to deal with these threats as soon as money would be made available. The signatories urged the Committee members to pay great attention to this issue.
We are thankful to the lawmakers who chose to lend their names to this letter, they include the following: Vern Ehlers (R-Mich), John Dingell (D-Mich), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-Ill), Mike Rogers (R-MI), Gwen Moore (D-Wisc), Bart Stupak (D-Mich), Mark Schauer (D-Mich), Sander Levin (D-Mich), Candice Miller (R-Mich), Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich), Steven Kagen (D-Wisc.), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Chris Lee (R-NY), Thomas Petri (R-Wisc), Dale Kildee (D-Mich), Gary Peters (R-Mich), Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich), John Conyers (D-Mich), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Eric Massa (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-Mich), Dave Camp (R-Mich), Betty Sutton (D-OH), Jim Oberstar (DFL-Minn), John McHugh (R-NY), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill), Melissa Bean (D-Ill), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Keith Ellison (DFL-Minn), Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), Dan Maffei (D-NY), Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), and Michael Arcuri (D-NY).