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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin makes stop in GB

She spoke about needs for local waterways and her push to end a federal ban on certain blood donations.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Green Bay Tuesday morning. The Wisconsin democrat took a boat tour of the port of Green Bay.

 

A member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Sen. Baldwin said she's learning how she can help meet the needs of the port. She voted in favor of the Water Resources Development Act back in May. She said the bill is meant to strengthen and invest in the country's waterways and ports.

 

On her tour, Sen. Baldwin said she learned how crucial the money is for local projects.

 

"The dredging is less robust than it used to be," said Sen. Baldwin. "There used to be a channel wide enough for two vessels to pass at once. Now it's a one lane road, if you will. That causes congestion when there is boat traffic in the area, so we should be doing better. We should be maintaining the channel as it was originally intended.

Sen. Baldwin also spoke about her push to end a federal ban on gay men donating blood.

 

Last Friday, she submitted a letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary, signed by 84 other lawmakers, expressing concern over the policy. Sen. Baldwin said it's based on old fears and discrimination.

 

"I think it's lasted since the 1980's," she said. "Surely we should be paying attention to scientists today and understanding that not only are their recommendations changing, but back then, we couldn't test our supply to be safe as readily as we can today."

The current policy was put under review by Health and Human Services this past March.

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