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AMP on National Maritime Day; National Security; Congresional Letter to Homeland Security

By MarEx 2012-05-21 15:02:24

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) would like to keep you apprised of National Maritime Day; Congressional action to encourage use of U.S. vessels in meeting national security needs; and a bipartisan letter from Members of Congress to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the importance of the Jones Act.

1) May 22 is National Maritime Day.  Please let us know if you would like to talk to any representatives of the American Maritime Partnership about this annual day celebrating the maritime industry.

2) Late last week, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) attached an amendment to the Defense of Defense authorization bill that would require the U.S. Maritime Administration to take additional steps to encourage the use of U.S. vessels in meeting national security needs.

3) Also late last week, Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) spearheaded the attached letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to publicly recognize the importance of the Jones Act, the fundamental law of the American maritime industry.  The letter was signed by a bipartisan contingent of 15 Members of Congress.

Contact Matt Englehart at 202-415-5313 if you would like any additional information about these or related matters.

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American Maritime Partnership ("AMP") is the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation‘s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards, crewed by American mariners, and owned by American companies, ply our waters 24/7, and this commerce sustains nearly 500,000 jobs, $29 billion in labor compensation, and more than $100 billion in annual economic output according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Transportation Institute. So efficient are these vessels that they carry a quarter of the nation‘s cargo for only 2 percent of the national freight bill, and being American owned, built and crewed helps make America more secure.