Democrats question Donald Trump’s commitment to Lake O ahead of visit
Congressional Democrats hope Donald Trump delivers shows up to Lake Okeechobee Friday for more than a photo op.
After the president’s proposed budget undercut Everglades funding, House members demand an environmental commitment.
“The cuts to Everglades restoration President Trump is proposing are deeply concerning,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
The Miami Democrat noted in a media conference call that the president’s proposed budge includes just $63 million for the South Florida project. Florida asked for $200 million.
When the budget proposal came out earlier this month, it drew a bipartisan rebuke, including a harsh statement from Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.
Both senators are expected to appear with Trump during his visit.
Could it be the president plans to announce full funding and credit Republican leadership in Florida?
If he does, that’s fine with U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala.
“If we can get $200 million out of the federal government and it’s bipartisan, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic,” the Miami Democrat said.
Indeed, Shalala went out of her way on the call to praise Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for including state funding in his budget.
But Democrats say regardless