Tell the U.S. Senate to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million in the 2011 budget



The U.S. Senate recently voted on HR 1, the House-passed continuing resolution which would slash funding for programs that restore the Great Lakes, protect drinking water and halt sewage contamination.
 
Although the measure did not pass in the Senate, a handful of Great Lakes Senators did vote for the bill. Now is the time to let Senators know that voting for a bill which devastates funding for Great Lakes restoration is unacceptable.
 
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million in fiscal year 2011. The Senate must stand firm on their commitment to fund the GLRI at $300 million!
 
Call your senator’s office by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and relay only one of the two messages below based on how your senator voted.
 
1. If your senator voted YES on HR 1: Tell him that you are disappointed he voted to cut funding for vital Great Lakes restoration programs and expect him to fight for $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the fiscal year 2011 budget.

Senators voting YES on HR 1 included: Sens. Portman (OH), Toomey (PA), Kirk (IL), Coats (IN), Lugar (IN), Johnson (WI).
 
And let them know that:
•We can’t afford NOT to protect the Great Lakes
•They are the source of drinking water for 30 million people
•restoration efforts are already producing results (Provide local example if you can)
•There is still work to be done; cutting funding now will make the problems worse and the solutions more costly. 
 
2. If your Senator voted NO on HR 1: Thank him for his continued support of Great Lakes programs and urge them to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million in the fiscal year 2011 budget.

Senators voting NO on HR 1 included: Sens. Brown (OH), Casey (PA), Durbin (IL), Franken (MN), Klobuchar (MN), Kohl (WI), Levin (MI), Stabenow (MI), Schumer (NY), Gillibrand (NY).
 
And let them know that:
•We can’t afford NOT to protect the Great Lakes
•They are the source of drinking water for 30 million people
•restoration efforts are already producing results (Provide local example if you can)
•There is still work to be done; cutting funding now will make the problems worse and the solutions more costly.
 
You may reach your Senator’s office through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

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