U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Blocking Cloture of Legislation that Harms the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass cloture on the Coast Guard authorization legislation that includes a ballast water provision harmful to the Great Lakes:

“The Coast Guard legislation on the floor today included a dangerous ballast water provision that would allow for the spread of invasive species in our Great Lakes, hurting local communities and our coastal economy. I cannot support legislation that harms our nation’s Great Lakes, so I led my colleagues to stand against this legislation. Now that it’s clear this bill will not pass, we should remove the ballast water provision and pass a bill that supports our Coast Guard, protects our Great Lakes and helps our coastal economy.”