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Only in office for six days, President Joe Biden confirmed his
career-long support for the Jones Act by specifically including the
nation’s freight cabotage law in his “Buy American” executive order.

Issued January 25, the order states: “Reiterates the President’s
strong support for the Jones Act. The President will continue to be a
strong advocate for the Jones Act and its mandate that only U.S.-flag
vessels carry cargo between U.S. ports, which supports American
production and America’s workers. With the signing of the 2021
National Defense Authorization Act, the Jones Act has also been
affirmed as an opportunity to invest in America’s workers as we build
offshore renewable energy, in line with the President’s goals to build our clean energy future here in America.”

MTD President Michael Sacco applauded Biden’s recognition of the
importance of the Jones Act so early in his administration.

“The Jones Act provides family-supporting, quality jobs to not just
mariners but all kinds of American workers in the 50 states and Puerto
Rico,” stated Sacco. “President Biden stood up for American mariners
as a U.S. Senator and as Vice President. He knows we deliver the goods
around the country and the world.”

The executive order calls for federal dollars to be spent on goods
made by American workers using domestic content. It also attempts to
close loopholes that have allowed jobs and production to be shipped
out of the country.”

  • The full text of the executive order can be found HERE