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FILE - In this May 31, 2002 file photo, the sun sets over the Mackinac Bridge and the Mackinac Straits as seen from Lake Huron. The bridge is the dividing line between Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Huron to the east. Republicans in the eight-state Great Lake region are matching Democrats' enthusiasm for an array of federal programs benefiting the inland seas, from dredging harbors to controlling invasive predators like the fish-killing sea lamprey. Thirty-eight members of Congress have signed a letter requesting $300 million for 2014. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)