“The Jones Act has been and remains critical to supporting U.S. mariner jobs and our maritime industry, not to mention bolstering our national security. Over its 100-year history, the Jones Act has been critical in times of war, national emergencies and natural disasters, and global crises such as the current pandemic.” — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon)
“The Jones Act is an integral part of our Nation’s success, and I am proud to recognize its longstanding contributions to our Nation and to advocate for its continued influence in the decades to come. The Jones Act has enhanced American prosperity and national security ever since its enactment on June 5, 1920. It puts America first over subsidized foreign shipbuilders and foreign vessel operators that do not pay U.S. taxes or comply with U.S. regulations. It continues to preserve our role as the world’s leader in commerce and thousands of precious jobs for our American citizens. When it comes to the Jones Act, there is an overwhelming sense of pride from the American people, especially from Mississippians.” — U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi)
“At its core, the Jones Act is a critical labor standard that helps put U.S. mariners to work and maintains important workplace rights. In Washington’s Second Congressional District, the district I represent, the Jones Act supports 2,240 jobs which generate more than $130 million in labor income and more than $642 million in economic impact annually…. The Jones Act also underpins U.S. maritime defense policy and is essential to preserving national security interests at home and abroad.” — U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington)
“For 100 years, the Jones Act has been protecting Americans and our nation’s waterways. Not only is Louisiana’s First Congressional District number one in the country for Jones Act jobs, the Jones Act is a critical piece of America’s national and economic security. At its heart, this law strengthens American naval capabilities, prevents foreign ships from roaming throughout our inland waterways, and protects our country from unknown foreign threats. The U.S. maritime industry is an important backbone of America’s industrial base, and without the Jones Act, our maritime industry would be unfairly undercut by subsidized foreign entities. I will continue fighting to preserve the Jones Act so we can protect our national security, and to ensure these high-skilled, high-paying jobs remain in Louisiana and in America.” — U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana)
“The bedrock principles and protections of the Jones Act are as essential today as they were when the bill was passed a century ago. We are, at our core, a maritime nation. The U.S. Merchant Marine enables the country to project force anywhere around the globe and ensures the security of our waters at home. We cannot be complacent in our defense of the Jones Act, which remains a critical component of U.S. maritime and military strategy.” — U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-New York)
“This week, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act and its century of fostering our domestic maritime industry and supporting our national security. Named in honor of its author, former Senator Wesley Jones, the Jones Act has helped provide economic benefits in times of peace and has safeguarded resources to expand our military maritime capacity for times of war. For the Department of Defense, maintaining a U.S.- flagged fleet is critical to ensuring we have sufficient U.S. sealift capacity, available at a moment’s notice, to defend our nation…. Not only does the Jones Act support this vital national security requirement, it also provides an economic benefit to our nation.” — U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas)
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