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America’s cabotage law are “important to economic and national security because they protect critical national infrastructure and provide added sealift capability through the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA), an expanded pool of trained and experienced mariners to crew U.S. government-owned sealift assets and help sustain the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industrial base that is vital to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.”

That assessment of the Jones Act and Passenger Vessel Services Act was contained in a recent policy statement issued by the U.S. Navy League, a 50,000-member grassroots organization dedicated to providing a powerful voice for a stronger sea service, including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag merchant marine.

“We are pleased that the Navy League supports the Jones Act and understands the essential role the law plays in creating jobs and protecting our homeland,” said James Henry, president of the Transportation Institute and chairman of the board of directors of the American Maritime Partnership, a major coalition of American maritime industry members, including the MTD and a number of its affiliates. “The Jones Act makes America more secure economically and militarily by maintaining a skilled merchant marine that supports our military while providing nearly 500,000 American jobs.”