Great Lakes’ victory shows power of bipartisanship

Youngstown Vindicator

In one of the more notable victories of common sense over recklessness in the era of President Donald Trump, a large contingent of Democratic and Republican lawmakers joined forces to just say no to one of the chief executive’s most misguided and foolhardy proposals of his tenure.

Last week, responsible protection of the nation’s environment won the day largely through intense pressure from a diverse collection of U.S. senators and representatives of our region – including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, both Democrats; and Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. David Joyce, both Republicans. The efforts of those and other legislators and supporters mean ongoing preservation and enhancement of one of our region’s most precious and vital natural resources – the Great Lakes – will not be gravely endangered in the foreseeable future.

They did so by ensuring funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative would remain at its full 2017 levels of $30 billion in the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 federal budget bill approved Friday by a bipartisan majority of both chambers of Congress. Trump had proposed a draconian 90 percent cut to the program this year, only slightly less distasteful than his proposal in 2017 to eliminate it altogether.

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