State’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion reaf­firms com­mit­ment to bay

Maryland Independent - - News - DANDAN ZOU

The state’s con­gres­sional sen­a­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives gath­ered Wed­nes­day at the U.S. Capi­tol to reaf­firm their com­mit­ment to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and said they will work to­gether to pro­tect fund­ing for the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Pro­gram, a re­gional part­ner­ship that works across state lines to re­store the bay wa­ter­shed.

Re­leased in March, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s 2018 fis­cal year budget pro­posed to zero out fund­ing for the pro­gram. At the time, the pro­posed budget cuts drew crit­i­cism from en­vi­ron­men­tal groups and many leg­is­la­tors.

“Con­gress soundly re­jected the re­cently pro­posed cuts in fed­eral fund­ing to Ch­e­sa­peake Bay re­lated pro­grams in the fis­cal year 2017 ap­pro­pri­a­tions,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said in a re­lease. “We must all con­tinue work­ing to­gether to en­sure that our del­e­ga­tion’s ded­i­ca­tion to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay con­sis­tently builds and never wa­vers.”

Not­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay is a na­tional trea­sure and cen­tral to the state’s econ­omy, “the Mary­land del­e­ga­tion stands to­gether in the fight to im­prove the health and vi­tal­ity of our bay,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (DMd.) said in a re­lease.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) said it’s more im­por­tant than ever for the del­e­ga­tion to work to­gether to pre­vent fund­ing cuts to pro­grams that help clean up the bay.

“The health of the bay is crit­i­cally im­por­tant to com­mu­ni­ties across Mary­land, and es­pe­cially in the fifth district,” Hoyer said in a re­lease. “I’m glad to join with my fel­low mem­bers of the Mary­land del­e­ga­tion in reaf­firm­ing our com­mit­ment to the bay.”

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