Thanks, Richard Hanna (R-NY), Christopher Gibson (R-NY), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Dan Maffei (D-NY), 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 deadline for this letter has been extended one week to Friday, April 12th.
Now 29 Republican and Democratic members 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), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Christopher Gibson (R-NY), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Dan Maffei (D-NY).
Deadline Nears for Great Lakes Supporters
The letter closes in one week, on April 12. 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.