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Legislation important to the Great Lakes passed by U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly passed its massive Water Resources Development Act, a marine infrastructure bill with many provisions impacting the Great Lakes. The legislation was approved by a vote of 399-25.

It included an amendment by Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH) reauthorizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative—a key priority of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition of which the Greater Cleveland Partnership is a member. The Initiative allocates funding to combat challenges to the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The coalition also pushed for successful passage of a floor amendment by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), making permanent a temporary set-aside of Army Corps of Engineers Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending for the Great Lakes. Read more.