Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and David Joyce (R-Ohio) are circulating this letter to the Office of Management and Budget in support of one of the coalition’s top priorities: $300 Million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Fiscal Year 2020. The letter outlines the impressive successes of the program while pointing out that the Great Lakes are still vulnerable and there is still much work to be done. Please take a moment this week to call your Representative and urge them to join this important letter! The deadline for Representatives to sign on is this Friday, November 16.
You may contact your Member of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Besides Reps. David Joyce and Sander Levin, currently signed on members include Reps.: Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Dan Lipinkski (D-Ill.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), and Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.),
Talking Points and resources:
- The nation cannot afford to stop protecting the Great Lakes – More than 30 million people depend on them for drinking water.
- Restoration programs protect our drinking water, create jobs, protect public health and uphold a way of life for millions of people.
- Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results, but serious threats remain.
- Cutting restoration programs or agency budgets will cost taxpayers more money—because projects will only be harder and more expensive the longer we wait.
- With many of our cities and towns living with unsafe drinking water, now is not the time to cut back on clean water programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. We need more—not less—protection for clean water.
- Cutting restoration programs will cost taxpayers more money—because projects will only be harder and more expensive the longer we wait.
- Success stories from around the region that show specific examples of successful restoration projects.
- 2018 Report on the Economic Impact of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
- The coalition put together a factsheet on the Economic Impact report.
The full text of the letter to OMB can be found here. Offices should contact please contact Eddie Shimkus with Rep. Levin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kendall Kalagher with Rep. Joyce (email@example.com) to sign on. The deadline for Representatives to sign on is this Friday, November 16.