Debbie Dingell to hold news conference on proposed cuts to EPA

Debbie Dingell to hold news conference on proposed cuts to EPA
Posted at 1:18 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 13:34:51-04

WHAT: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. following a visit to the U.S. EPA National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions in Ann Arbor. She is expected to address cuts to their budget and staffing levels. She expressed concern over the cuts in a letter to President Trump back in March.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m., May 8 - the news conference will be streamed live. CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

WHERE: Ann Arbor


President Donald Trump wants to eliminate federal support of a program that addresses the Great Lakes' most pressing environmental threats.

Trump's 2018 budget would remove all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has received strong support from members of Congress in both parties since President Barack Obama established it in 2009.

The program has pumped more than $2.2 billion into the eight-state region for projects that have removed toxic wastes from industrial harbors, fought invasive species such as Asian carp, restored wildlife habitat and supported efforts to prevent harmful algal blooms.

The initiative has generally received about $300 million a year. Congress voted last year to authorize the program for five more years.

A Trump campaign representative said last fall the Republican nominee supported the program.