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House Passes Kildee, Walberg Amendment to Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species

July 19, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Dan Kildee (MI-05) today successfully passed a bipartisan amendment to help protect the Great Lakes from grass carp, one of the four invasive species of Asian carp. The amendment, adopted in the FY 2019 Interior & Environment, Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Act, directs additional resources to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to bolster efforts to eliminate grass carp from Lake Erie. The overall legislation also includes funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, and other important Michigan priorities. 
 
“All of us who represent Michigan understand the threat that invasive species like Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes ecosystem,” said Congressman Walberg. “Grass carp, in particular, already have a foothold in Lake Erie, and we need an increased urgency to fight this risk and preserve our coastal wetlands and habitats. In addition, I’m pleased to see continued bipartisan support for the Great Lake Restoration Initiative, which delivers many valuable economic and environmental benefits for our state.”

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg's work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov. 

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