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Omnibus spending bill: Governor Larry Hogan issues statement on Chesapeake Bay funding

Chesapeake BayGovernor Larry Hogan on Thursday issued a statement on Congress’ passage of the omnibus government funding bill that includes Chesapeake Bay funding.

The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill overrides the Trump administration’s proposed cuts in the current fiscal year.  The bill would maintain the Chesapeake Bay Program funding at last year’s level.

“As governor of Maryland and Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, I would like to thank the House of Representatives for responding to my, the Council’s, and many other Marylanders’ repeated calls to restore $73 million in critical Chesapeake Bay Program funding,” said Governor Hogan.  “The Chesapeake Bay is our state’s greatest natural asset, which is why over the last four years we’ve invested $4 billion in restoration efforts, a level of commitment that will continue as long as I’m governor. I call upon the Senate to immediately follow the lead of their colleagues in the House, and help us preserve this national treasure.”

President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, only hours before government funding would lapse, because the proposal does not extend protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants or fully fund his proposed border wall.

The government will shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday if President Trump does not sign a funding bill into law.

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