Hogan Wants Congressional Leaders to Resist Funding Rollbacks for Bay Cleanup
Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) is urging congressional leaders “to oppose devastating cuts” to the federal government’s Chesapeake Bay Program, as proposed by the Trump administration.
In his fiscal 2020 budget request unveiled earlier this month, President Trump proposed cutting federal funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup from $73 million to $7.3 million.
This isn’t the first time the Trump budget has sought to drastically cut Chesapeake Bay funding, but those efforts have been blocked in Congress.
In a letter sent Monday to top congressional leaders – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) – Hogan, who also serves as chair of the multistate Chesapeake Executive Council, urges them to resist Trump’s proposed cuts and boost funding to $90 million next year.
“Today, we stand at a critical juncture, with our goal of clean water by 2025 in sight,” Hogan wrote. “Increased federal support is key to sustaining the steady gains of recovery we are now seeing, and ensuring success and progress well into the future.”
Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation have already vowed to fight Trump’s proposed budget cutbacks. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D) recently called the reduction “a nonstarter.”