The MTD through its Port Maritime Councils was very well represented during the annual “Sail-In” on Capitol Hill, which occurred March 1.
Officers and delegates from the New York/New Jersey, Delaware Valley, Baltimore, Hampton Roads, Michigan, San Francisco and Puget Sound PMCs worked with other maritime labor officials, U.S.-flag industry representatives, the Navy League and three maritime academies to educate members of Congress and their staffs about the importance of a strong and vital U.S. Merchant Marine. Also among the nearly 100 working the hallways of the Senate and House of Representatives were MTD Executive Board Member Augie Tellez of the Seafarers and MTD Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan.
Out of the more than 130 meetings that took place, 76 were with actual legislators. Assigned to groups in which labor and industry officials worked together, Sail-In participants provided facts about the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program, cargo preference, job opportunities and other issues of importance to the U.S.-flag.
Particular emphasis was placed on meeting with those newly elected to Congress as well as others serving on the various Senate and House committees dealing directly with maritime.
This is the eighth straight year all segments of the industry have come together in Washington to promote the U.S.-flag and what it means for the nation’s defense and economic security to the members of Congress.