As a part of President Trumps budget cuts, the Great Lakes Restoration Initive has been elimnated, cutting an estimated 3200 jobs from the EPA. Representative Bill Huizenga responded to the budget by saying, "While there are serious and necessary reforms that I support in President Trump's budget proposal, there are also areas where I have significant disagreements with the President. For example, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is a critical program that works to preserve the Great Lakes for future generations."
"The health and vitality of the Great Lakes is instrumental to having a productive Great Lakes economy that creates good-paying jobs and sustained economic growth." Continued Huizenga, "Ultimately, it is Congress that has the constitutional authority to determine which programs are funded. In an era where federal spending must be prioritized, I believe the GLRI, which has a history of proven results and strong bipartisan support, should continue to be a national priority. As co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, I am planning to have active conversations with both the Administration as well as my colleagues on Capitol Hill about the importance of the GLRI as Congress continues the appropriations process."
Senator Stabenow also responded saying, “The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has always received bipartisan support and continues to be absolutely critical to protecting our Great Lakes, including fishing, boating, hunting, and fighting invasive species. Our Great Lakes economy creates 1.5 million jobs and are part of our Michigan way of life.”
Based on the President's recommendations, the House and senate budget committees will set targets for spending and tax revenue and then the budget will be sent to the floor for a vote.