25 U.S. House Members Sign on to Great Lakes Funding Letter

Thanks, Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Dan Kildee (D-MI), the newest signatory to a letter circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives urging appropriators to maintain $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the fiscal year 2014 budget.

The letter closes tomorrow, April 5.

Now 25 Republican and Democratic members who have signed on to the letter authored by Reps. John Dingell (D-MI), Dan Benishek (R-MI), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Sander Levin (D-MI) and David Joyce (R-OH): Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Gary Peters (D-MI), John Conyers (D-MI), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Thomas Petri (R-WI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Steve Israel (D-NY), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Brad Schneider (D-IL).

Deadline Nears for Great Lakes Supporters
The letter closes tomorrow, April 5. Now is the time for Great Lakes supporters to show their commitment to the Great Lakes and the 30 million people who rely on them for drinking water by signing on to the letter.

Now is the time for public officials in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to sign on to the letter.

Cuts Will Cost More Money
Great Lakes restoration programs have already taken steep budget cuts—the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was reduced by almost a third, from $475 million to $300 million in previous years. If more budget cuts are made, critical restoration projects may end, stopping the cleanup of polluted sediment, allowing the further spread of invasive species, and slowing the creation of new jobs that put people to work restoring our Great Lakes.

Cutting funding will slow restoration efforts, allowing problems to get worse and more expensive to solve.  Ultimately, cutting spending on the Great Lakes won’t save money—it will cost the nation more.

Last Push for Support
If you don’t see your U.S. representative on this list, contact him or her and let them know how much you value the Great Lakes—and that the nation cannot stop protecting them now.

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2 Responses to 25 U.S. House Members Sign on to Great Lakes Funding Letter

  1. Paul Flansburg says:

    Jordan,
    Thanks for all the work that you do! It’s so reassuring that in the midst of bipartisan rancor it is so clear that both parties are represented on this tremendously important bill. I’m so glad I was a small part of the HOW delegation in DC during snow quester.

    Paul Flansburg
    Sierra Club
    Great Lakes Committee
    Rochester (NY) Region

  2. Dan Jourdan says:

    Jordan,
    Thanks for everything you are doing. We’re up to 27 offices on the GLRI letter! The deadline for signing the letter has been extended to April 12. Here are the offices that have agreed to sign: John Dingell, Dan Benishek, Louise Slaughter, Sander Levin, David Joyce, Gwen Moore, Brian Higgins, Gary Peters, John Conyers, Marcia Fudge, Luis Gutierrez, Charles Rangel, Jerrold Nadler, Keith Ellison, Carolyn Maloney, Mark Pocan, Thomas Petri, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jan Schakowsky, Alcee Hastings, Paul Tonko, Steve Israel, Reid Ribble, Dan Kildee, Brad Schneider; Richard Hanna; Christopher Gibson

    Dan Jourdan
    Rep. Levin’s water staffer