U.S. House Restores Great Lakes Funding Trump Vowed to Cut

The U.S. House has passed a spending plan that continues $300 million in funding for programs to help the Great Lakes. The U.S. Senate considers the funding next. Congress must vote on the overall budget plan before Saturday to keep the government operating.

The U.S. House is reversing the Trump Administration’s budget proposal and restoring funding for the Great Lakes.

President Trump wanted to cut the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that helps fund programs that protect wetlands, fight pollution and provide other benefits for the waterways.

But House members on both sides of the ideological aisle voted to keep the funding.

The House plan also continues an initiative called Sea Grant, a long-time research partnership between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

And it calls on the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with measures to block invasive Asian Carp from Lake Michigan.

The U.S. Senate considers the budget next and is expected to vote on it before Saturday, which is the deadline to avoid a government shutdown.


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