LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
By: Javonte Anderson
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
With Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt expected to testify before Congress on Thursday in support of the Trump administration's proposed EPA budget cuts, members of Congress, EPA employees and environmental groups are voicing their concerns.
The proposed budget was the subject of a teleconference Tuesday that included U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, Jack Darin, president of Sierra's Club Illinois chapter and Mike Mikulka, president of Local 704 at the EPA's Chicago office.
The White House's latest budget proposal, released last month, would reduce the agency's current funding by more than 31 percent, to $5.7 billion.
Although the plan would slash funding for several regional programs, including the Superfund program, there is a keen focus on the elimination of funding for Great Lakes Restoration, a multi-agency initiative with the objective to restore and maintain the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
"It's so completely short-sighted and dangerous to completely eliminate these protections, which President Trump is proposing," Kildee said. "It's just completely irresponsible to think cutting protection of the Great Lakes will lead to anything other than a disaster."
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