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Portman, Brown Fighting White House On Proposed Lake Erie Protection Cuts

Andy Chow
Lake Erie in Sandusky

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are sifting through President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which has gotten a lot of heat from Democrats. There’s one issue that has riled up some of Ohio’s top leaders on both sides of the aisle.

The White House’s budget proposes eliminating the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative which works to clean the lakes and protect them from long-term threats.

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says Lake Erie will be especially harmed because it’s the most vulnerable to pollution.

“It seems the president has turned his back on our state when you consider he won the election with the Great Lakes industrial states and these are the state that seem to be hardest hit by his budget.”

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman also opposes the plan to eliminate the GLRI, but adds that President Obama once proposed cutting the initiative’s funding.

The Ohio Republican Party defended the president’s budget as fulfilling many of the promises he made to Ohio voters.

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