Congress Approves Great Lakes Bill

Congress is sending President Bush a bill that would extend for two years a federal program to clean up areas of pollution and contaminated sediment around the Great Lakes. The House voted 411-9 Sunday in favor of the measure approving $54 million a year over the next two years for the project.

The original five-year bill, passed in 2003, was to expire this year. The House had sought $150 million a year over five years for the cleanup operation, but acceded to the lower level passed by the Senate last week.

"While it is unfortunate that we could not pass the bill at the funding level approved by the House, I am excited that this cleanup program will continue without interruption," said Rep. Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich., the sponsor.


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