The Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act needs co-sponsors in both the US Senate and the US House. The US Senate has garnered two more signatures: those of Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). These are the first senators to sign on since the bill was introduced in March bringing the total number of Senate co-sponsors to eight. But there are 16 U.S. senators so we still have to get half of the Great Lakes senate delegation to lend their John Hancock to this important bill.
The U.S. House has been more successful at signing lawmakers onto the legislation. Last week Reps. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), John Boccieri (D-Ohio), Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) joined the list of co-sponsors.