Upton-backed legislation to protect the Great Lakes passes the U.S. House
Great Lakes Restoration Initative Reauthorization Act extends the GLRI through FY 2026
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Reauthorization Act. The legislation – H.R. 4031 - reauthorizes the GLRI for another five years when it expires at the end of FY 2021. It passed 373 to 45.
Upton was an original co-sponsor of the GLRI Reauthorization Act.
“Today is a huge victory for our Great Lakes – which are so important to all of us in southwest Michigan, across the state, and around the country,” Upton said. “Today we passed bipartisan legislation that will make sure we responsibly fund the GLRI for several years to come. This program is such a necessary tool to preserve our Great Lakes for the four million people who call the shoreline home, the 60 commercial harbors that create incredible economic activity, and the billions of dollars generated from tourism. Don’t mess with the Great Lakes.”
The GLRI Reauthorization Act increases funding to $375 million in FY 2022 and ramps annually by $25 million over the next four years, culminating at $475 million in FY 2026, the same level Congress first appropriated money for the GLRI in FY 2010.
This critical funding helps to clean up the Lakes, protect them from invasive species, and preserves them as a safe source of drinking water, among other things.