Credit where credit is due
Gotta’ give credit where credit is due.
U.S. Rep Steve LaTourette, R-Bainbridge Township, is enjoying
both sides of the coin flip.
A couple of weeks ago he championed a House voice vote that pulls
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency support from states like New
York and Michigan, which have designed stricter rules governing
ballast water discharges into the Great Lakes.
LaTourette was heralded by the maritime industry and labor as being
a job saver.
However, what New York and Michigan have done is what the federal
government has foot-dragged on: Namely, come up with tough
regulations that seek to keep out such invasive species as zebra
mussels, round gobies, and Asian carp.
Now, LaTourette is crowing that he was able to secure an amendment
that rebuilds the EPA’s Great Lakes funding budget by $50 million,
taking the money from elsewhere in the agency’s proposed fiscal
And just where will this additional money go? Why to “..mitigate
toxic substances in the Great Lakes, reduce the impact of invasive
species like zebra muzzles and Asian carp…”
Note that LaTourette’s measure is not intended to keep out any
additional invading pests; only to “…reduce…” their
I wish I was that smart.