Puget Sound Recovery Included in Omnibus Federal Appropriations Bill
Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer, co-chairs of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, have released the following statement on Puget Sound recovery funding in the omnibus federal appropriations bill:
“The omnibus bill ensures the Puget Sound recovery will remain a national environmental priority in 2014. We’re grateful the Appropriations Committee agreed with us and the four other members of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus who wrote to them last month.
The continuing federal support of Puget Sound recovery efforts would not have been possible without the hard work thousands of Washingtonians have put in to this effort. The continuing support also underscores the fact that much remains to be done to protect this national treasure.
Thousands of jobs rely on the Sound and the waters surrounding it. We will continue working to ensure a clean and healthy Puget Sound for generations to come.”
The omnibus federal spending bill directs $25 million for Puget Sound recovery efforts as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Geographic Program. This exceeds the $17.15 million proposed in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.