Bill Text: IL HR0268 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Urges President Trump and the United States Congress to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-04-18 - Assigned to Environment [HR0268 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HR0268-Introduced.html


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HOUSE RESOLUTION
2 WHEREAS, The Great Lakes border eight states, contain 84%
3of the fresh water in the United States, and impact the lives
4of 30 million Americans; and
5 WHEREAS, The 63 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan in
6Illinois are home to six million people and communities that
7strive to preserve and protect them; and
8 WHEREAS, Lake Michigan provides safe, clean drinking water
9to seven million residents in Illinois; and
10 WHEREAS, Tourism brings 20 million people to Illinois to
11visit the Lake Michigan shoreline, generates $3.2 billion
12annually in economic activity, and supports 33,000 jobs; and
13 WHEREAS, Lake Michigan provides Illinois with an inland
14port connecting it to the Eastern United States, Canada, and
15the Atlantic Ocean; and
16 WHEREAS, Commerce along Lake Michigan provides nearly
177,000 jobs that are connected to shipping and the Port of
18Chicago and adds over $400 million to the local economy; and
19 WHEREAS, The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was

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1created in 2010 to remove toxic substances, slow the growth of
2invasive species, address pollution near the shore, and protect
3and restore natural habitats in the Great Lakes; and
4 WHEREAS, Maintaining the Great Lakes is essential to
5protecting industries throughout Illinois, including tourism,
6agriculture, manufacturing, shipping, and freight transport;
7and
8 WHEREAS, In President Trump's proposed budget, funding for
9the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was slashed by 97%, from
10$300 million to just $10 million; and
11 WHEREAS, The funding for this program has helped many
12critical environmental restoration programs to increase the
13health and safety of the Great Lakes and improve the lakes for
14recreation and commerce; therefore, be it
15 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
16HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we
17urge President Trump and the United States Congress to fully
18fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is vital to
19our environment and economy; and be it further
20 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
21delivered to President Donald Trump, U.S. Senate Majority

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1Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck
2Schumer, U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul
3Ryan, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy
4Pelosi, and all members of the Illinois Congressional
5Delegation.
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