WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement on the release of the White House budget proposal for FY 2019 that would cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) from $300 million to $30 million in the upcoming year:

“I’ve successfully helped lead the effort to restore full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative after both Republican and Democratic administrations have proposed cuts to the program, and I will do so again this year. The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to Ohio, and this initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy. As the world’s largest freshwater body, the Great Lakes provide drinking water for 40 million people, contribute $10 billion in tourism each year, and support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the region.  I have long championed this program, and I will continue to do everything I can to protect and preserve Lake Erie and all the Great Lakes, including preserving this critical program and its funding.” 

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