Senator Stabenow Statement on Great Lakes Cuts in President Obama’s Budget

Monday, February 02, 2015

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement on Great Lakes funding in President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget. Sen. Stabenow championed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and has called for strong funding for the Great Lakes by asking for $475 million in 2014. The President's budget decreases GLRI by $50 million compared to current funding levels.

"I am extremely disappointed that President Obama's budget cuts funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. With so many water quality challenges, we need to continue to invest in the health of our Great Lakes and waterways for years to come. That is why as Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force I will continue to push for funding and policies that support Great Lakes projects that protect our drinking water, combat invasive species, and protect wildlife habitats."