President's 2020 Budget Slashes Bay Funding by 90%
President Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for the coming year, and if it’s approved, Chesapeake Bay funding would be cut by 90 percent. The Chesapeake Bay Program is currently funded at $73 million, but the Trump Administration’s fiscal 2020 budget proposes only $7.3 million in funding…. U.S. Representative Elaine Luria called on Congress to not only keep the Bay fully funded, but to ensure funding increases in the future…. The Chesapeake Bay Reauthorization Act, introduced in the House and Senate this year, would go beyond the current level of $73 million, instead providing $90 million in fiscal year 2020 and increasing the funding by $500,000 a year for five years. According to the lawmakers leading the effort, “the vast majority of funding for the program would go directly toward states within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed – West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as the District of Columbia – to help control pollution and manage runoff into the tributaries that feed into the Bay. “ The measure is sponsored by a Maryland Democrat and a West Virginia Republican (Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, the companion measure is sponsored by a Virginia Democrat (Luria), two Virginia Republicans (Rep. Bobby Scott (R-3rd District) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st District), and a Maryland Democrat (Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3rd District).