Great Lakes Governors Support Icebreaking Bill
In a March 9, 2021 letter to Congressional leadership, Great Lakes Governors encouraged Congress to approve the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act, (S. 576 and H.R. 1561). This legislation codifies into law the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) responsibilities for icebreaking on the Great Lakes to minimize commercial disruption in the winter months. Icebreaking is essential for the movement of commercial and other vessels on the Great Lakes. Icebreaking supports the national steel manufacturing industry by providing access to the supply of raw materials, especially iron ore and limestone shipped across the Great Lakes by vessels. Signing the letter were Governors Evers, DeWine, Holcomb, Walz, Whitmer and Wolf.