Rep. David P. Joyce

WASHINGTON, DC) Today Reps. Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Sander M. Levin (MI-09) led 63 bipartisan Members of Congress in a letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Chairman Ken Calvert and Ranking Member Betty McCollum requesting the Committee appropriate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI) for Fiscal Year 2019. Each year there is strong support for GRLI funding and this is the largest number of signers compared to similar letters from previous years.

“Year after year the Great Lakes are threatened and get the short end of the stick when it comes to funding. Our Great Lakes are such an important resource for our nation and region. It is in our best interest to protect and maintain their health,” said Rep. Dave Joyce. “I am proud to have led yet another letter requesting necessary funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.”

“The fact that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative garners such strong, bipartisan support is a testament to the importance it has to our region and the nation,” said Rep. Levin.“Our public health and regional economic vibrancy is built on the Great Lakes’ ecological wellbeing which can only be maintained with our sustained and robust commitment.”

“The Great Lakes Commission appreciates the ongoing support from the bipartisan Great Lakes congressional delegation for sustaining the important work we are doing under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This is vital for restoring the lakes and leveraging them as an environmental and economic asset for our region,” said Matt Doss, policy director for the GLC.

To read and download the letter, click here.

Rep. David P. Joyce has represented Ohio’s 14th Congressional district since first being elected in 2012 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. A lifelong Ohioan and former Geauga County Prosecutor, Rep. Joyce prides his congressional work based on common-sense legislation to keep our nation safe and working. Ohio’s 14th congressional district is settled in Northeast Ohio, including portions of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake. Portage, Summit, and Trumbull counties.