Walberg, Ryan Introduce Bill to Create Great Lakes Stamp, Boost Restoration Funding
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) today introduced H.R. 7049, the Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act, to strengthen efforts to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem. The bipartisan legislation would create a special postage stamp designed to raise money to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
“The Great Lakes are a treasured asset that drive our economy and way of life here in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. We should be looking for ways, both big and small, to preserve them for future generations to enjoy,” said Congressman Walberg. “The GLRI, in particular, is delivering real results to improve the long-term health of the Great Lakes. Our bipartisan bill will help generate even more resources for the GLRI so the program can expand its restoration work.”
“The Great Lakes are a vital resource and strategic advantage for our region. It’s critical that we do everything in our power, no matter how big or small, to safeguard their health and well-being. Lake Erie alone supports more than 117,000 full time jobs and provides clean drinking water to approximately 3 million Ohioans,” said Congressman Ryan. “I am happy to join this effort to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative with more funds to carry out its important responsibility.”
The Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act directs the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal stamp with Great Lakes artwork. Citizens would then have the choice of purchasing the stamps at a price slightly above that of first-class postage, with the difference being transferred to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The legislation comes at no additional cost to taxpayers.