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Upton Statement on Vote Against Cutting EPA

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Washington, September 13, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after voting against an amendment before the U.S. House of Representatives that would have reduced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by nearly $2 billion – almost a quarter of the current budget. The amendment, had it been adopted, would have also made drastic cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The amendment failed by a 260 to 151 vote.

“The passage of this amendment would have made drastic cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI). That’s a non-starter for me. The GLRI is vital to the health of our Great Lakes: It helps us fight Asian Carp and other invasive species, invests in Michigan jobs, our drinking water, and way of life. I have consistently stood up against misguided efforts to undermine this program and will continue to do so. The amendment was bad news from the start and I’m very pleased that Republicans and Democrats came together to defeat it.”

In March, Upton publicly came out against the proposed cuts to the GLRI and in April voted on legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2017 that included level funding for the GLRI. 

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