House to upper chamber: Leave Jones Act alone

Members of the House are asking the Senate to leave U.S. goods on U.S. ships.   

Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and 30 other House representatives sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview Trump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview Impeachment will reelect Trump MORE (D-Nev.) this week asking the upper chamber not to pass an “unrelated” and “harmful” amendment that’s been submitted as part of the Keystone Pipeline Act debate.

Introduced by Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain#JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday #JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday New poll finds little GOP support for spending cuts to specific federal programs MORE (R-Ariz.), the amendment would eliminate the requirement under the Jones Act that only ships built in the U.S., owned by the U.S. and operated by U.S. crews carry goods shipped between U.S. ports. 

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The House members said the Jones Act is what secures an industrial base for the Navy.

“This measure, however, would gut the nation’s shipbuilding capacity and have far reaching impacts across the nation,” said the letter, which included signatures from Reps. John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiHouse panel shoots down funding, deployment of low-yield nukes in defense bill House panel shoots down funding, deployment of low-yield nukes in defense bill Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeSenate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion Senate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion Texas New Members 2019 MORE (R-Texas). 

“Building and maintaining these complex naval vessels, and retaining a capable and experienced U.S. workforce are essential to the safety and security of our nation.” 

Citing data from the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, the letter said 400,000 jobs are supported by the United States's shipbuilding industry.