A bill that would have authorized as much as $300 million in spending for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a Great Lakes environmental cleanup program, was killed as the U.S. Senate failed to act on the measure before adjourning the 113th Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative authorization last week, but the Senate adjourned without voting on the bill, killing the measure until the next Congress can act on it.
The U.S. government has already spent $1.6 billion on the program since it began in 2010. Projects to battle invasive species, clean harbors and rivers, upgrade wildlife habitat and reduce near-shore pollution have been funded by the Initiative during the last four years.
Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) the chief sponsor of the measure that passed the House said, "The Great Lakes are a national treasure. Not only do they pack an economic punch, it is environmentally important to the region that we preserve and protect them. This bill has broad bipartisan support, and I plan to introduce it again upon my return back to Congress."