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 McConnellTrump faces crucial decisions on economy, guns Are Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason Reid2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Panel: How Biden's gaffes could cost him against 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 McCain3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? 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 Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment Trump bashes Mueller for 'ineptitude,' slams 'sick' Democrats backing impeachment Pelosi denies she's 'trying to run out the clock' on impeachment 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 Texas New Members 2019 Cook shifts two House GOP seats closer to Dem column 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.