The coalition USA Maritime, to which the SIU is affiliated, has posted the following news item. The SIU is signatory to the letter that’s linked at the end of the post.
USA MARITIME URGES CONGRESS TO PRIORITIZE SEALIFT READINESS IN COVID-19 RELIEF LEGISLATION
The USA Maritime Coalition is calling on Congress to provide $109.8 million in emergency funding assistance to ensure that the U.S.-flag militarily-useful commercial vessels enrolled in the Maritime Security Program will be maintained in the state of operational readiness needed by the Department of Defense and that their crews will remain fully employed. These U.S.-flag vessels and their U.S. citizen crews ensure that the international supply chain remains open, and that the surge and sustainment sealift readiness capability needed by the Department of Defense to protect our national security and to supply American troops deployed around the world is maintained. Read more (PDF).