Michigan Senators release statements on Trump budget proposal that eliminates Great Lakes funding

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators from Michigan have released statements after the release of President Trump’s new full budget request.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters released the following statement regarding President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal:

“I am extremely concerned that President Trump’s budget proposal makes significant cuts to critical programs that boost Michigan’s working families, support economic development in Michigan’s urban and rural communities, and protect the Great Lakes which are vital to some of our state’s largest industries.

“Rather than investing in policies that promote manufacturing, support small businesses, strengthen education, and drive our economy forward, President Trump’s budget only offers counterproductive cuts that would stifle Michigan’s economic growth and strain the pocketbooks of Michigan families. While Congress has a responsibility to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and effectively, any budget passed by Congress must address the needs of middle class families, seniors and small businesses.”

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow released a statement following news that President Trump’s full budget request for the 2018 fiscal year still completely eliminates funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

“It’s official—President Trump’s 2018 budget zeros out funding for our Great Lakes.  Thanks to thousands of people across Michigan speaking out, we already stopped cuts for this year.  This is a moment for Michigan when we all need to stand together to protect our Great Lakes.”

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