EDITOR'S NOTE: Contrary to some of the coverage below, the text of McCain's proposed amendment repeals only the US Build requirement of the Jones Act. Ships would still be required to be US crewed, US owned and US flag to engage in coastwise trade.
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LINK -- News Release from Office of Sen John McCain R-AZ, January 13 2015
The text of the amendment is here.
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Senator John McCain Launches New Attack on ‘Antiquated’ Jones Act
G Captain, January 14, 2015:
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has once again launched an attack on the Jones Act, announcing Tuesday that he has filed an amendment to a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline that would repeal (parts of) the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, aka the Jones Act, requiring 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....
Legislation approving the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Monday by a vote of 63-32, a measure that opens the bill up for debate and the offering of amendments, such as the one introduced by McCain, to the bill.
“[Monday] evening’s vote means it will now advance to the floor for open debate and every member will have an opportunity to offer amendments they believe will strengthen the bill,” said Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican and co-sponsor of the Keystone bill, reports Reuters.
The amendment filed by Senator McCain particularly targets the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act. The text of the amendment can be found here....
read ... Repeal Jones Act
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