Governor Walker hopes Congress can save Great Lakes cleanup fund

Trump's proposal will slash nearly 1/3 of EPA budget

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Governor Scott Walker says he isn't worried about President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal, which would cut all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

President Trump's proposal would cut one-third of the Environmental Protection Agency's budget.

That could affect Wisconsin as the Great Lakes cleanup would lose $300 million it received annually under the Obama administration. 

If Trump's plan passes, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative would get $0.

Governor Walker says he believes Congress will fight for the Great Lakes before they vote on the budget. 

"I think there is strong support across party lines in the House and in the Senate," Governor Scott Walker said. "I'm going to work with leaders there because once it's been presented it's not the president's decision, it's ultimately up to the House and the Senate to correct any changes that need to be made, and I'm confident that we're going to get there."

President Trump is expected to release a more detailed 2018 budget proposal in May. 


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