Keystone Bill Passes Without Senator McCain’s Jones Act Amendment

The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Thursday for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but an amendment filed by Senator John McCain seeking to repeal the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act was not attached. "The decision not to offer or vote on the amendment to repeal the Jones Act on the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation, an amendment that relied on flawed … [Read more...]

Senator McCain Defends Jones Act Amendment in U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to defend his amendment to repeal the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. Senator McCain is trying to attach the amendment to a bill that would permit the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, known as the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S.1), which last week passed an initial … [Read more...]

House Members Rally Against Senator McCain’s Jones Act Amendment

In the latest show of support for the Jones Act, 32 bipartisan Representatives have sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to reject a "misguided" amendment piggybacked onto a Keystone XL Pipeline bill by Senator John McCain that would repeal the U.S. build requirement of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. The letter, which was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch … [Read more...]

Petition to Protect the Jones Act from Congressional Attack

A gCaptain Forum member launched a petition yesterday on "We The People" to gather support to protect the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, aka the Jones Act, which in a nutshell, requires that all goods shipped between ports of the United States be carried by vessels built in the United States and owned and operated by Americans. Arizona Senator John McCain has other … [Read more...]

Congressman Duncan Hunter Implores Senate Leadership to Support Jones Act

California Congressman Duncan Hunter called upon Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and John Thune (SD) today for their support in defending the Jones Act. "Any effort to diminish this longstanding law is sure to negatively impact America's maritime industry and its significant contributions to the national economy," Hunter said. Requirements of the Jones Act, Congressman … [Read more...]