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ADMINISTRATION UPHOLDS JONES ACT IN FACE OF WAIVER REQUEST

May 9th 2019

A group of Republican lawmakers met with President Trump and Administration officials last week to address White House discussions regarding the possibility of waiving the Jones Act.

The Jones Act is the body of law enacted to preserve U.S. independence from foreign shipping interests and maintain a ready reserve force for times of war or other national emergency.

It requires that the transportation of cargo between U.S. ports be reserved for U.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-crewed vessels.

Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló had requested a 10-year waiver of the act to allow shipping to Puerto Rico on foreign-flag tankers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) originating in the United States.

“The Jones Act is a critical piece of America’s national security, and protects our waterways from foreign threats,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), part of the group of legislators who met with the President.

“At our meeting today with President Trump, we underscored the importance the Jones Act plays in America’s national security, as well as our economic security.”

The Administration ultimately agreed to reject Puerto Rico’s waiver request.