American Maritime Officer: February 2021

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American maritime leaders applaud Biden Administration for prioritizing support of the Jones Act in 'Buy American' Executive Order

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the nation's domestic maritime industry, on January 25 hailed the Executive Order signed by President Biden to strengthen 'Buy American' requirements, "Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America's Workers." Signaled as a priority, the Executive Order formally confirms the Biden Administration's policy to strongly support American maritime workers and businesses serving domestic trades under the Jones Act.

The Executive Order reiterates the President's strong support of the Jones Act, a law that is a foundation for U.S. economic and national security. It requires that the transportation of merchandise between two U.S. points is carried out by American built, owned and crewed vessels. Long supported by broad bipartisan majorities in Congress and top U.S. national security officials - including in a "Sense of Congress" in the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - the Jones Act promotes the maintenance of the nation's vitally important maritime industrial base, ensuring that American jobs are not shipped overseas and that defense capabilities and readiness are not outsourced to foreign nations.

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