The stopgap spending bill before Congress that will fund the federal government through September includes $8 million in federal funding of the Long Island Sound preservation program.
According to a statement issued by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy’s office, the funding requested in the Omnibus Appropriations bill is more than $4 million higher than last year’s federal funding level.
“Doubling the money for the Long Island Sound program this year will go a long way towards better protecting the ecological treasure,” said Murphy, a Democrat from Cheshire. “This $8 million will be used to improve Long Island Sound and it will ultimately inject money right back into the local economy along Connecticut’s shoreline.”
Last month, the bipartisan Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act co-sponsored by Murphy and his Connecticut colleague Sen. Richard Blumenthal was passed in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in a unanimous vote, and is now awaiting debate and a vote in the full Senate.