– “Kilmer & Heck speak out against President Trump’s Draft Proposal for EPA that Slashes Investments in Puget Sound by 93 Percent”
“Puget Sound program has restored habitat, revitalized salmon runs, and created more opportunities for recreation”
“U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10), co-founders of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, spoke out against a draft plan from the Trump Administration that would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget for Puget Sound cleanup by 93 percent to $2 million.
‘Puget Sound is an iconic body of water that is vital to our economy and to who we are as Washingtonians,” said Kilmer. “Unfortunately, the Trump Administration’s previewed budget proposes cutting funding to restore the Sound by 93%. On the heels of a speech in which President Trump committed to working for clean water and good jobs, this proposal would devastate efforts to restore shellfish beds, revitalize salmon runs, and recover the Sound for future generations. The federal government should be a partner in making the Sound healthy again, and as Vice Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee I will fight back against this completely irresponsible proposal.’
‘President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt come from business backgrounds, so they know the true costs behind missed opportunities,” said Heck. “When the federal government fails to invest in the health of critically important bodies of water like our Puget Sound, environmental problems become environmental disasters. It is in our nation’s best interest to continue an adequate level of funding for Puget Sound restoration. The return on investment is strong and the price of doing nothing is costly beyond our imagination,'” quoting the Press Release.
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