WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and a group of senators and representatives, today met with President Trump to advocate on behalf of Louisiana shipbuilders and maritime workers in light of proposed federal waivers to the Jones Act, securing a commitment from the president to not go forward with the proposed waivers.
The Jones Act requires that goods shipped between U.S. ports be transported on ships that are built, owned, and operated by U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This is essential to ensure our country’s national and economic security.
“We cannot let the United States become dependent on foreign countries to transport energy and critical products within the United States,” said Dr. Cassidy.“The Jones Act is essential to preserve our domestic shipping industry and protect our national and economic security. I thank President Trump for meeting and his support for Louisiana shipbuilders and maritime workers.”