SIU Urges Defeat of Anti-Jones Act Amendment in Senate (1/14)

 

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The Seafarers International Union is urging its members to voice opposition to an amendment being offered to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that would repeal a portion of the Jones Act. The legislation is being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week.

 

“This amendment has no place in the Keystone bill or in Congress,” stated SIU President Michael Sacco. “It is just another attack on the Jones Act, one that could cripple the U.S.-flag maritime industry. We need all hands on deck to defeat this amendment.”

 

The amendment, offered by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on January 13, would call for elimination of the domestic build requirement of the Jones Act, the nation’s freight cabotage law which has been in place since 1920. The Jones Act has long been supported by elected officials from both political parties as well as the military because of its economic and national security benefits to the country. The build requirement supports thousands of good-paying, middle-class jobs and without it, America’s strategic readiness would be harmed.

 

The Keystone legislation is expected to take the full attention of the Senate through mid-January. Amendments may be offered and considered during the floor debate. The SIU will continue to monitor the discussions for possible ramifications to Seafarers, and urges its members to contact their senators and ask them to oppose any amendment that would weaken the Jones Act.

 

Contact information for individual U.S. Senators is available at:

 

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

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