Lawmakers intend to fight Trump budget cuts to Great Lakes

Sand castle on Lake Michigan beach, Frankfort, Michigan - Cropped Photo: Courtesy: USEPA
Sand castle on Lake Michigan beach, Frankfort, Michigan - Cropped Photo: Courtesy: USEPA(WJRT)
Published: Feb. 15, 2018 at 7:10 PM CST
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Wisconsin's senators are pushing back against the president's new budget.

A proposal in the budget would cut 90 percent of the federal funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The program helps combat the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes and protects clean water.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) issued a statement Thursday saying in part, "Rather than supporting the progress towns and cities across Wisconsin are making, President Trump's budget would stall this effort."

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) says he thinks Congress will block the proposal.

"It's the administration's priority versus Congress, and we're two co-equal branches of government, and there are a lot of Great Lakes senators and House members that support that initiative. So I wouldn't worry if I were a Great Lakes state," Sen. Johnson said.

The White House proposed a similar cut last year and lawmakers in Congress blocked it.