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Trump Now Supports Great Lakes Funding

Trump Now Supports Great Lakes Funding Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: March 29, 2019 11:12 AM

President Donald Trump has announced that he will fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative after his administration proposed a 90 percent spending cut.

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Trump told supporters at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday that he will be providing $300 million for the cleanup program, framing the announcement as "breaking news."

Trump's 2020 budget offered just $30 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which receives $300 million most years to remove toxic pollution, prevent algae blooms and species invasions and restore wildlife habitat.

Governors of five states had warned the move would cost jobs, hurt tourism and jeopardize public health.

Trump says he "supports the Great Lakes," noting "they're big" and "very deep."

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