Gov. Doyle: Statement on Federal Failure
to Fund Asian Carp Barrier
Contact: Anne Lupardus, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162
Democratic Party of Wisconsin (wisdems.org)
Released November 10, 2005
A conference committee of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House
yesterday failed to provide the $250,000 needed to operate
a critical Asian Carp barrier that has been strongly backed
by Governor Doyle as co-chair of the Council of Great
Lakes Governors. Governor Doyle made the following statement:
"Congress and the President have not done nearly
enough to protect the Great Lakes, and this is just the
latest sad example. The fact that they couldn't come up
with $250,000 in a $2 trillion budget to protect the Great
Lakes is an embarrassment.
"Last year, the federal government fell short on
funding the Asian Carp barrier because of cost overruns.
The project was completed only after the Council of Great
Lakes Governors and member states stepped forward and
provided $575,000 to finish the project. Now the federal
government has again failed to keep its commitments. And
just last month, the White House announced that it would
provide no new funding to support the recommendations
of its own task force on the Great Lakes.
"I urge Congress and the President to reconsider
this decision, and live up to their obligations to protecting
our national treasure - the Great Lakes."