The following is the text of a news release from the International Propeller Club of the United States:
(FAIRFAX, Va.) — For nearly 100 years, the Jones Act has been the foundation of American maritime policy, and for the 90 years since our founding, the Propeller Club has been an advocate for the Jones Act and the U.S.-flag maritime community. Hurricane Maria, and its impacts on Puerto Rico, have put the Jones Act into the spotlight again and legislative proposals to weaken its provisions may be considered as early as this week in Congress.
In light of this, the Navy League of the United States is coordinating a national grass-roots letter supporting the Jones Act, reminding lawmakers that the U.S. military relies on a strong American commercial maritime industry for military sealift, and that the Jones Act is crucial to keeping our maritime industry afloat.
To lend your support, click here to contact your legislators. An email supporting the Jones Act and opposing any effort to weaken it will be routed to your elected officials based on your address. Please don't wait — the House could vote later this week and the Senate as soon as next week.