Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) issued the following statement after legislation meeting the next Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) benchmark was passed by the House Appropriations Committee.
“This important legislation continues the bipartisan commitment to infrastructure and harbor dredging across the Great Lakes and along our nation’s shores by meeting the 74% funding target set for Fiscal Year 2018. It wasn’t long ago that our ports and navigation channels were maintained with just 47% of the revenue collected by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. The federal government has a constitutional obligation to Great Lakes Harbor Communities and I will continue to lead the effort to hold Washington accountable until the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is fully restored."
Recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Michigan WWII Veterans to the memorial built in their honor. It was incredible to hear the stories of these brave men who fought to preserve freedom. Thank you for your service and thank you to the volunteers who made the veterans' trip such a positive and moving experience.
This afternoon, I welcomed nearly 40 people from around the world as they became American citizens at the Loutit District Library in Grand Haven. Congratulations to each and every one of you on making this life changing decision!