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Jones Act provides essential benefits to a maritime nation and its workers

Excerpts from a commentary in The Hill:

American FlagThe Jones Act keeps this country strong by supporting jobs at American shipyards, promoting industrial investment and training, and contributing to our country’s economy and national defense.

Even so, every month you can count on special interests claiming that the Jones Act has outlived its usefulness and should be radically modified or repealed.

An oil company executive will tell you that using foreign carriers to transport oil in the United States would dramatically reduce gas prices. Government studies show it might save a penny a gallon. Is that worth sacrificing our shipbuilding industry and hundreds of thousands of jobs?

Frank Foti is chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America

Read the rest at The Hill

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