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The Jones Act, a Century-Old Maritime Law, Proves Tough to Sink

Washington Examiner – Diana Stancy Correll – 6 February 2018

Lawmakers and leaders of the maritime industry are rallying support for the Jones Act, a law intended to protect American shipping and maritime interests, as critics try to repeal or provide exemptions to the rule. Matthew Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America, said this support from commercial fleets to move cargo is “absolutely critical in times of war” because it’s uncertain if foreign nations have interests that align with those of the U.S. “It’s good that we’re not dependent on a foreign nation to do that, because you don’t know where their interests will be,” Paxton said.