State’s congressional delegation reaffirms commitment to bay
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.”