Bill to Increase Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Clears Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with Stauber's Support

September 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) voted to pass H.R. 4031, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019, of which he is an original cosponsor, out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. This legislation would reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for another five years and increase its annual funding level from $300 million to $475 million by fiscal year 2026.

Of this legislation’s passage out of committee, Stauber stated, “Lake Superior along with the other Great Lakes are national treasures, a key pillar of our economy, and the backdrop of countless special memories for my family and many others. Protecting our Great Lakes has always been a top priority of mine and I am proud to advocate for this bill that will bolster critical pollution control, endangered species mitigation, and ecosystem restoration. I look forward to seeing this legislation pass on the House Floor soon.”

During the committee hearing, Stauber illustrated the GLRI’s importance to Minnesota’s Eighth District, stating, “In my district, the GLRI funds a project for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to help end the spread of the Aquatic Invasive Species throughout their territory while also partnering with our state Pollution Control Agency to ensure the St. Louis River remains clean.”

To hear his full remarks, click HERE.