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Bipartisan support for Great Lakes icebreakers

Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. are reaching across the aisle to bring another icebreaker to the Great Lakes. Late last year, Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin helped secure $4 million in construction and personnel funding for another ice-breaking ship critical to keeping shipping lanes open in the winter. More recently, Rep. Mike Gallagher penned a letter with a bipartisan group of legislators to the United States Coast Guard urging them to acquire a new icebreaker as soon as possible. Gallagher says securing another icebreaker for the region is important.

A study done by the Lake Carriers’ Association found that Great Lakes maritime businesses lost over $1 billion in revenue due to inadequate icebreaking last season.

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