Rep Mike Honda (D-Calif) introduced legislation to loosen the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Under current FDA rules, a man must abstain from sex with another man for a full year before being allowed to donate.
Deliver for Our Nation at Times of Emergency Act, otherwise known as DONATE Act, is Honda's two-page bill that would allow looser restrictions for blood donations during a time of need.
The bill came shortly after the mass-shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay night club.
“It was a horrific irony that gay and bisexual men could not donate in a time of local need,” Honda said in a statement. “This is not a problem of science; it’s a problem of morality. It’s time for the secretary to use her authority, while respecting all safety controls, to give our local blood banks resources today so they can respond to the demand of tomorrow.”
LGBT advocates propose evaluating possible donors on an individual basis without regard sexual orientation, but Honda's proposal does not include this goal.