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Support the Jones Act!
The Issue

The Jones Act— the law that requires that vessels moving cargo between U.S. ports be American built, American owned and American crewed—is fundamental to our domestic maritime industry.  You no doubt know that there was significant turnover in Congress in the last election and many new members need to learn about the Jones Act, its importance to America and it relevance to their constituents.  This becomes even more critical when one considers that there are well-funded groups working hard today, advocating for repeal of the Jones Act. 

The Jones Act helps support nearly 650,000 jobs across America, with an annual economic impact of more than $150 billion. More importantly to the nation as a whole, the law provides important national, homeland, and economic security benefits. Senator Mike Lee introduced S. 694 March 7, a bill to repeal the Jones Act, we must fight back against misguided efforts that will hurt our national security and defense. We all should be proud of the contributions we make to our nation under the Jones Act.  

The Solution

The industry needs to build grassroots support for the Jones Act and in keeping with that goal, the American Maritime Partnership, the voice of the domestic maritime industry, coordinated a campaign to recruit a “Jones Act Army” of people who care about the Jones Act.   We want them to tell their elected officials the Jones Act is important, and we need your help.

As part of a national campaign in support of the Jones Act, many organizations are taking action together and asking people to take a minute to contact your Members of Congress and let them know you support the Jones Act.  


Why you should take action

Attacks on the Jones Act hurt national security by damaging American shipping, adding burdens to those protecting homeland security, and undermining commerce. 

Resources:
  • Jones Act Fact Sheet - from the American Maritime Partnership 
  • Jones Act Fact Sheet - from the Transportation Institute
  • America Second?  Waiving the Jones Act - Matt Paxton, President of the Shipbuilding Council of America, discusses why waiving the Jones Act would undermine U.S. manufacturing and jobs and leave us vulnerable on national security
  • Congressional Leaders Oppose Jones Act Waiver - House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman and Ranking Member and Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman and Ranking Member wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen opposing Puerto Rico's Jones Act Waiver request
                                                                          
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