Merchant Marine


  • Fund the Maritime Security Program at the $300M level authorized by Congress.
  • Protect the Jones Act from Legislative Changes.
  • Fund maritime academy training & ops., including $300M for one NSMV training ship.
  • Ensure the Administration enforces Cargo Preference Laws via strong rulemaking and reject changes for Food Aid Cargo.
  • Enact Commercial Cargo Preference for a percentage of U.S. gas and oil exports.
  • 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
  • Provide funding for the Title XI Ship Financing Program of at least $25-35M/year.

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