VIRGINIA BEACH – During a meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Tuesday the Chesapeake Bay Program was given $60 million in funding.
The program works year-round to restore waterways, decrease pollution and protect more than 3,000 species of plants and animals that call the bay home.
“Full funding for the bay program is critical,” Kim Coble, vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said in a news release. “Bipartisan members of Congress have been working for full support and we are grateful for their leadership. There is strong support in the six bay states and the District of Columbia for this federal partnership.”
Coble said in the release that though the program appreciates the funding, they will continue to work towards securing funding that they need to ensure that the bay’s health continues to rise.
Rep. Scott Taylor, who also sits on the House Appropriations Committee, released a statement Wednesday afternoon voicing his support of the program. Taylor said he would also like to see the program receive funding equivalent to the 2017 budget.
— Scott Taylor (@RepScottTaylor) July 19, 2017
“I am grateful for the support among members of the Appropriations Committee who fought to get the $60 million included for the Chesapeake Bay program, far from the $0 in the President’s budget,” Taylor said in the statement. “The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest and most significant estuary, a significant economic driver for our region and a national treasure. While I would like to see it returned to the FY17 level of $73 million immediately, this is a strong negotiating position we will use to push for increased funding in the weeks ahead.”
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