Gov. Walker addresses headline issues following local GOP event

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Green Bay about issues affecting the nation and making headlines here in Wisconsin.

It was a part of the Republican Party of Brown County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Sunday.

After his speech, Gov. Walker told the media that he's against President Trump's budget proposal to eliminate federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which normally receives about $300 million to protect the Great Lakes against environmental threats.

"As I've said repeatedly, the Great Lakes are a tremendous asset when it comes to quality of life, certainly one of the great clean water supplies in the entire world. But they're also important to commerce," said Gov. Walker.

Last month, seven of Wisconsin's eight congressional members signed a letter asking the president to protect the funding.

"I think there is strong support between party lines, in the House and in the Senate. 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," Gov. Walker added.

On healthcare, Gov. Walker said he approves of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"I applaud leaders in Washington trying to change that, I believe this week you will see a number of changes to the House bill that will make it better, that will ensure particularly for older adults that have higher costs, that there's an increase in the credits, there will be more done to protect older people in nursing homes and other things in that regard," said Gov. Walker.

Gov. Walker also gave his support for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

His conformation hearings start Monday.