Federal budget includes dollars for the Great Lakes

More funding for the military, infrastructure, opioid addiction, and the Great Lakes in the 2018 omnibus spending bill. The 2018 Consolidated Appropriations act includes additional military spending, with local Congressman Paul Mitchell saying “Years of cuts have devastated our nation’s military” The omnibus spending bill, which now moves to the senate, also includes funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says there will be funding to combat asian carp – plus money to dredge harbors. Stebenow says she’ll vote for the bill – as it stands – and that it contains $300 million dollars for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.