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  • Congressional Leaders Defend the Jones Act During Hearing on Hurricane Relief and Recovery Efforts

    11/04/2017 1:13:16 PM PDT · by Oatka · 5 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Nov 3, 2017 | Staff gCaptain
    Congressional leaders from both sides of the isle defended the Jones Act’s impact on hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico during a hearing this week exploring initial lessons learned from the 2017 hurricanes and key challenges and obstacles that may remain in the way of recovery. The House Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing Wednesday on “Emergency Response and Recovery: Central Takeaways from the Unprecedented 2017 Hurricane Season” during which Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted the importance of the American maritime industry for Puerto Rico recovery and the capacity and capability of...
  • New Jones Act Legislation Pending, with Puerto Rico Focus

    10/24/2017 7:10:20 PM PDT · by Oatka · 10 replies
    Holland & Knight ^ | Oct 23, 2017 | Eric Lee and J. Michael Cavanaugh
    Is Temporary Jones Act Relief Possible for Reconstruction? HIGHLIGHTS: Four bills are currently pending in Congress to repeal or limit the reach of the Jones Act, including three that are focused upon relief efforts to assist Puerto Rico after the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria. None of the bills appears likely to advance immediately, although two of the bills linked to Puerto Rico reconstruction may have appeal as part of a broader relief package for the Commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did grant a short-term waiver in the wake of Hurricane Maria to allow use of foreign...
  • Puerto Rico Aftermath: Jones Act Mystery

    10/10/2017 8:04:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 10, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Left-wing scholars, particularly in academe, make lots of attention getting assertions. Regrettably, they usually offer little in the way of illuminating evidence. "In the midst of almost unimaginable horror in Puerto Rico, a bright light has shone on one of America's most unjustifiable and economically backward laws, the previously obscure Jones Act," Brink Lindsay and Steven Teles wrote on October 2, 2017 for Washington Monthly. "First created in the aftermath of World War I to buffer the impact of post-war demobilization, the Jones Act requires that all ships that carry cargo within the United States be built in America, with...
  • John McCain, Mike Lee introduce bill to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act

    09/28/2017 3:40:18 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 28, 2017 | Josh Siegel
    Republican Sens. John McCain and Mike Lee introduced legislation Thursday to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act shipping law. The senators say the Trump administration's decision Thursday to grant a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico does not go far enough to help rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth on the bankrupt island. "While I welcome the Trump administration's Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico, this short-term, 10-day exemption is insufficient to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild from Hurricane Maria," said McCain, R-Ariz. "Our legislation would permanently...
  • U.S. Denies Request for Puerto Rico Jones Act Waiver

    09/26/2017 7:00:00 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 44 replies
    Reuters via G-Captain ^ | September 26, 2017 | Timothy Gardner
    Full title: U.S. Denies Request for Puerto Rico Jones Act Waiver as Senator McCain Applies Even More Pressure By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Tuesday denied a request to waive shipping restrictions to help get fuel and supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, saying it would do nothing to address the island’s main impediment to shipping, damaged ports. The Jones Act limits shipping between coasts to U.S. flagged vessels. However, in the wake of brutal storms, the government has occasionally issued temporary waivers to allow the use of cheaper, tax free or more readily available...
  • White House waives Jones Act shipping rules to help Puerto Rico

    09/28/2017 6:00:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Melissa Quinn |
    The White House has approved a request to waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday. "At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately," Sanders tweeted Thursday. Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, said he asked the White House on Wednesday to waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico. "Jones Act waived for Puerto Rico. Thank you, @POTUS," the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration tweeted Thursday. Waiving the Jones Act will allow foreign ships to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico. The Jones...
  • MARAD Awards $9.8 Million to Small Shipyards

    09/07/2017 11:12:46 AM PDT · by Oatka · 13 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Sept 06, 2017 | gCaptain
    Photo: Philly Shipyard The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded a total of $9.8 million to 18 U.S. small shipyards to help pay for industrial modernizations that will increase productivity and allow the country’s small shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. The funding was awarded through MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program. “Small shipyards play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “In addition, these grants will support local communities by creating jobs for working families.” Small shipyard facilities...
  • Philly Shipyard Signs LOI to Build Up to Four New Containerships for Hawaii Trade

    07/22/2017 12:25:22 PM PDT · by Oatka · 5 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 21, 2017 | gCaptain
    Jones Act ships under construction at Philly Shipyard, fomerly Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. File Photo Jones Act shipbuilder Philly Shipyard announced Friday that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a leading, blue chip Jones Act operating company for the construction and sale of up to four containerships with planned deliveries in 2020 and 2021. The identity of the operating company has yet not been disclosed, but Philly Shipyard indicated that the vessels would be based on a similar design to the two Aloha-class containerships it is currently building for Matson, Inc. Friday’s announcement follows news from last...
  • Senator McCain Introduces New Bill to Repeal Jones Act

    07/21/2017 10:53:04 AM PDT · by Oatka · 50 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 18, 2017 | Mike Schuler
    (Note: On Wednesday, the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix released a statement saying that tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer, was associated with Senator McCain’s blood clot. The statement added that the tissue of concern was completely resected during last Friday’s procedure, and the Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options, which may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. The statement went on to say that “the Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.” It is unclear...
  • Obama's Oil Disaster

    06/18/2010 8:52:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 633+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2010 | Linda Chavez
    The night he locked up the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama predicted that generations hence, people would look back on the historic day as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." At the time, his words reeked of hubris. Today, they look positively delusional. President Obama can't stop the oil leak in the Gulf, but he can and should be held accountable for the inept government response to cleaning it up and mitigating its worst effects on the shoreline. And you can bet that if George W. Bush were in...
  • The Oil Spill Stories that even the Conservative Media Refuse to Cover

    06/17/2010 7:45:53 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 22 replies · 920+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 6/17/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    As the deepening crisis of the catastrophic Gulf oil disaster continues to unfold, several oil spill stories of major importance have been virtually ignored. Even the conservative media have refused by and large to cover these stories. Conservative Examiner was among the first to break these stories, yet to this day not a single major media outlet has been willing to report them, not even Fox News or conservative talk radio. These stories are explosive, conclusive, factually verified, and of utmost importance to understanding what is truly happening in the Gulf and the scenario that led to it. First, on...
  • It's Time To Throw The Ancient 'Merchant Marine Act' Overboard

    02/19/2016 12:58:02 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 19, 2016 | George Leef
    Some old laws still serve a good purpose, but many others no longer do, or never did. One of the latter is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. It was passed after we had just shipped vast numbers of soldiers and quantities of war material to Europe and back. Politicians were gripped by the idea that the country needed a strong merchant marine and assumed that a protectionist law was needed to accomplish that objective. As Daniel Pearson explains the Jones Act in this Cato piece, “Its stated purpose was to maintain a strong...
  • Senator McCain Sets Crosshairs on Jones Act Build Requirement

    01/30/2016 5:20:49 PM PST · by rockinqsranch · 8 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 30, 2016 | Mike Schuler
    "Once again U.S. Senator John McCain [R-AZ] has his crosshairs set on the Jones Act with an amendment he intends to attach to a proposed energy bill that would eliminate the U.S. build requirement for tankers involved in U.S. coastwise trade."
  • TTIP: MEP hails proposal to repeal US Jones Act (by McCain)

    01/18/2015 1:15:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14/01/2015 - 11:05 | Daniela Vincenti
    Liberal MEP Marietje Schaake flagged on Wednesday (14 January) a proposal by US Senator John McCain to repeal the 'Jones Act'. McCain proposed an amendment for the full repeal of the Jones Act, which he considers “an antiquated law that has for too long hindered free trade, made US industry less competitive, and raised prices for American consumers.” The 1920 federal law requires every ship transporting goods or person between US ports to be made in the US, and sail under a US flag, to be US-owned and crewed at least 75% by US citizens. …
  • How A 96-Year-Old Law Has Jeopardized America's Ports

    12/02/2014 11:56:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jared Meyer
    Recent slowdowns at West Coast ports, the result of ongoing labor disputes, are jeopardizing the more than $2 trillion in cargo that pass though these ports each year. The slowdowns are not the only way U.S. maritime shipping unions are holding back the American economy. Most Americans have not heard of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, but this piece of antiquated legislation increases costs for American consumers and discourages domestic business investment. The Jones Act is a federal statute that requires all goods transported by water between U.S. ports to be carried on...
  • Federal law blocking cheap Texas fuel from reaching frozen East Coast

    02/28/2014 12:53:11 PM PST · by thackney · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/28/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Northeastern U.S. is struggling to keep the heat on during this year’s frigid winter which has caused a propane shortage, but a union-supported federal law is preventing abundant domestic propane supplies from getting to where consumers need it the most. The 94-year-old Jones Act has prevented Northeasterners from getting cheap, abundant propane from Texas, instead forcing them to pay more than $100 a metric ton for propane from Europe — 4,000 miles away. The Jones Act makes it illegal for non-U.S. ships from transporting goods between U.S. ports, and is backed by labor unions, shipyards and shipowners. The law’s...
  • How Can Gas Prices Be Slashed? Repeal This Act

    07/24/2013 8:43:50 AM PDT · by New Jersey Realist · 26 replies
    CNBC News ^ | 24 July 2013 | Laurie Ann LaRocco
    Gasoline costs in the U.S. could fall as much as 30 cents a gallon if lawmakers would repeal a controversial shipping law, industry experts say. The longstanding Jones Act—a section of The Merchant Marine Act of 1920—which requires any ship that carries goods or commodities in U.S. waters be American made, owned, operated and carry a U.S. flag, is being highlighted by one oil CEO as a reason behind the high price of gasoline in the U.S. and particularly in Florida.
  • Ice-breaking Russian ship gets OK to deliver fuel to Nome ( Alaska )

    01/02/2012 6:47:21 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 30, 2011 | Yereth Rosen
    An ice-breaking Russian tanker won an exemption from U.S. maritime law on Friday allowing it to deliver fuel to the isolated Alaska city of Nome... The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted a Jones Act waiver to the Russian ship, the Renda, which is scheduled to deliver diesel fuel and gasoline to the Alaska city of 3,600 people... Senator Mark Begich said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano responded to pleas for a Jones Act exception to help alleviate what could be a serious winter fuel shortage. ... Nome, which has no outside road connections and relies on marine vessels or...
  • Sen. John Kerry in Violation of the Jones Act?

    07/25/2010 8:47:16 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 56 replies · 3+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | July 25, 2010 | Bon Mots
    John Kerry was busted for trying to evade high Massachusetts taxes for his new luxury yacht by berthing it in Newport, RI - very far from any of his residences, and surely a tax cheating ploy by this tax & spend Democratic sanctimonious hypocrite. The part of this story that people seem to have missed, comes when his Chief of Staff, David Wade denied that the old poodle was berthing his boat out of state to avoid paying his own taxes to his own tax-ridden state. “The boat was designed by and purchased from a company in Rhode Island, and...
  • O's tardy response

    07/01/2010 2:43:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 01, 2010 | Editorial
    Is 70 the Gulf Coast's lucky number? That's how many days since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that it took President Obama to accept foreign help in cleaning up the Gulf mess. Finally, on Tuesday, the State Department said it will accept assistance from some of the 27 countries and six international organizations that have offered to combat the spill. It was a grudging acceptance -- fewer than half the offers will be taken up -- and that's a curious reluctance from a president who allegedly wants to make international cooperation his hallmark. Not to mention someone who professed such...