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Washington, D.C. – Last Wednesday, the House Committee on Appropriations advanced the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) and Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bills for full approval by the U.S. House of Representatives. The CJS bill provides $73.9 billion for vital programs such as, an increase in funding for the Census Bureau, as well as appropriating significant funding for programs and grants that Americans rely on.
Michigan’s congressional delegation lagged those of the greenest states in the nation when it comes to supporting environmentally-friendly federal policy, according to a new report from the League of Conservation Voters. The report for 2018 — before this current term — offered consistently high marks to Democrats, but few to Republicans, including in Michigan. The Washington, D.C.-based liberal environmental group graded U.S. House and Senate members based on how they voted on environmental issues, as well as the border wall and immigration policy.
Today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler will testify in front of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee about the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal for the EPA. The hearing – Budget: Environmental Protection Agency – is the first opportunity legislators have had to question the administration on the proposed 31.2 percent cut to the agency's budget next year.
For the second time, a limo ride with the president immediately preceded an announcement that money would come for Michigan's waterways. "I enjoyed meeting with President Trump (Thursday)," said Rep. John Moolenaar, (R-Midland) in a statement Thursday night. "I spoke with him about the Great Lakes and their importance to our state." President Donald Trump announced Thursday evening in Grand Rapids that he would support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to the tune of $300 million.
Bipartisan members of the Michigan congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representatives Jack Bergman (MI-01), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Andy Levin (MI-09), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Haley Stevens (MI-11), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), introduced legislation to address contamination from chemicals containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The PFAS Detection Act provides the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) sent a letter to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) urging the agencies to address the possible public health concerns regarding potentially contaminated demolition sites in Detroit.
Records detailing what went into the ground at thousands of demolition sites across the city are under scrutiny amid an analysis that's turned up a disjointed process. University of Michigan doctoral candidate Michael Koscielniak has spent four years conducting an exhaustive review of public records that cast doubt on the integrity of soil records for the city's multi-million-dollar federally funded blight elimination program. For its part, the city admits the effort got off the ground with a paper-based tracking system before it evolved to online records.
A new public-private grant program that aims to improve green stormwater infrastructure and natural habitats has been launched with a three-year, $3.9 million funding commitment. The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund was launched by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with corporate, nonprofit and federal support, according to a Monday announcement at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Community leaders and politicians including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell and U.S. Rep.
Michigan State Rep. LaTanya Garrett is calling for state-level hearings to discuss the "alarming" findings of a Monday Free Press investigation that detailed a widening federal probe of Detroit's demolition program. The Free Press reported Monday that contaminated dirt was potentially used to fill demolition sites across the city and is the focus of a criminal probe being conducted by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). Garrett's request comes one day after Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield requested a U.S.
A high-ranking Detroit official is requesting a U.S. congressional hearing be held to discuss the city's federally-funded demolition program, a day after a Free Press investigation detailed a widening criminal probe that could have potential environmental implications. The Free Press reported Monday that contaminated dirt was potentially used to fill demolition sites across the city and is the focus of a criminal probe being conducted by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).