October 23, 2019

DeFazio Responds to Yet Another Attack on the Jones Act by the Trump Administration

Washington, D.C. – Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announcement of a “Customs Bulletin Notice” that will modify and revoke certain rulings that affect the application of the Jones Act to offshore oil and gas production.

“While I applaud the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for concluding their decade long process, I have very serious concerns about new determinations on the application of the Jones Act to the offshore oil and gas industry,” said DeFazio. “To be clear, any Administrative action or determination that serves to weaken the Jones Act is unacceptable. As I continue to work through the “Customs Bulletin Notice” to understand the full scope of its effect on the Jones Act, I urge CBP to reconsider any ruling that undermines the American shipping industry.”