April 02, 2020

Committee Leaders Reaffirm Bipartisan Opposition to Any Effort to Waive the Jones Act and Jeopardize U.S. Maritime Jobs

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Full Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) released the following joint statement after reports that the Administration is considering waiving the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a U.S. law that requires American vessels be used to transports goods between U.S. ports. 

“More than 9 million American workers were laid off in recent days, due to a public health crisis that will likely continue for some time. The Jones Act has been and remains critical to supporting U.S. mariners’ jobs and our maritime industry. Waiving the law, even temporarily, would be a mistake and weaken our domestic maritime supply chain just when we need it the most. We should not risk the jobs of those U.S. workers who move 99 percent of U.S. overseas trade and 100% of our coastwise trade. As the bipartisan Committee leaders, we oppose any effort to waive the Jones Act.”