Merchant Marine


  • Continue to fund the Maritime Security Program at the $300M level authorized by Congress to ensure its viability.
  • Protect the Jones Act from Legislative Changes.
  • Fund maritime academy training & ops., including $36M for National Security Multi-Mission Vessel design & Long Lead items.
  • Ensure the Administration enforces Cargo Preference Laws via strong rulemaking; and reject the major funding cuts for Food Aid Cargos.
  • Provide funding for the Title XI Ship Financing Program of at least $25-35M/year.
  • Support the Department of Transportation’s Marine Highway initiatives that would transport more freight cargo in national waterways and exempts waterborne cargo, shipped between U.S. ports from the Harbor Maintenance Tax

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