HOUSE SHOWS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM
The House of Representatives on Friday voted overwhelmingly to support a measure authorizing increased funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The provision, included in legislation to allow crude oil exports, would raise the amount that could be paid to each MSP vessel to $5 million per ship beginning in Fiscal Year 2017.
During debate on the bill, an amendment was offered that would have stripped it of the MSP funding language. In response, a number of strong maritime supporters in the House of Representatives–including Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)–urged fellow legislators to defeat the amendment and strengthen the Maritime Security Program. The anti-MSP amendment was ultimately defeated by a vote of 109-306.
The legislation, with MSP funding provision intact, subsequently passed the full House and was sent to the Senate.
MM&P and MIRAID will continue to work with the other maritime unions and our U.S.-flag shipping companies in support of this legislation.