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Obama keeps funding pledge to restore Great Lakes

7:46 AM, Apr. 11, 2013
President Barack Obama, accompanied by acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday April 10, 2013, to discuss his proposes fiscal 2014 federal budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zients, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday April 10, 2013, to discuss his proposes fiscal 2014 federal budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Despite pressure to scale back spending to reduce the national debt, President Barack Obama maintains his commitment to restoring the Great Lakes in his $3.77 trillion budget proposal.

The president's 2014 budget blueprint calls for continuing to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million. Over the past three years, the program has invested more than $1 billion in cleaning up toxic pollution, countering habitat degradation, preventing runoff from cities and farms and battling invasive species.

In addition, Obama seeks more than $1 billion for the Clean Water State ...

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