The House of Representatives approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 by a vote of 296-121 to avoid a government shutdown.
This compromise measure will keep the government operating and also make investments to sustain the economic recovery and spur job growth.
One such investment is the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Working in a bipartisan fashion on the Appropriations Committee, I was able to help restore $50 million to bring the funding back to last year's level.
All along the Lake Erie coast, we have seen the importance of the GLRI:
* Creation of a wetland by the University of Toledo along Wolf Creek in Lucas County;
* Invasive species control by Cleveland Metroparks in the Cuyahoga River basin;
* Nutrient reduction along the Sandusky River.
In all, the Lake Erie shoreline benefited from approximately $3.9 million in GLRI assistance this year.
A $50 million cut would have seriously harmed our efforts to protect the Great Lakes, especially Lake Erie. I am very pleased to help restore the funding for the GLRI.