by Chad Selweski, Macomb Daily

Largely lost in the flurry of 11th-hour activity on Capitol Hill before Congress adjourned last week was a major defeat for the Great Lakes due to Senate inaction.

Ongoing federal efforts to restore the Great Lakes’ water quality and natural habitat led to approval by the House of a series of $300 million annual allocations for the lakes.

But senators eager to end the lame duck session left town – and ended the 113th Congress – without addressing the issue.