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MM&P HONOLULU REP RANDY SWINDELL MOUNTS SPIRITED DEFENSE OF JONES ACT IN PBS NEWS INTERVIEW

October 27th 2017

Randy Swindell, who represents MM&P in Honolulu, was a panelist on a PBS Hawai’i news report produced during the anti-Jones Act media campaign that followed Hurricane Maria.

The Jones Act requires that cargo transported between U.S. ports be moved on ships that are U.S.-built, U.S.-owned and U.S.-citizen crewed.

The segment, which was broadcast on Oct. 12, included four panelists, two of whom were critical of the Jones Act.

They were asked whether the law had outlived its usefulness and should be “reviewed, reformed or repealed.”

Swindell explained that in Puerto Rico, flooding and damage to roads and infrastructure was delaying delivery of supplies and rebuilding—not the Jones Act.

In Puerto Rico as in Hawai’i, he said, the Jones Act fleet “serves the community well” and provides thousands of family-supporting, middle class jobs.

“I’m not going to apologize for an American making a living wage,” he added.

In response to statements by two panelists who called for the Jones Act “build requirement” to be lifted, Swindell said the U.S.-flag fleet had successfully fought that battle for years and was not about to knuckle down now.

“’Build foreign’ was the strategy when I first came into the industry,” he said.

“But they found out they couldn’t break our coalition: the shipping companies, the shipyards, and the people who work for them.”

To view the segment, go to: https://www.pbshawaii.org/insights-on-pbs-hawaii-jones-act/