30.04.2016 Iz svijeta

Imamo još samo malo vremena da sačuvamo naša radna mjesta. Hoće li novi ministar učiniti ono što se MORA ili će nam očuvanje poslova i dalje biti noćna MORA?

 

Zakoni o pomorskoj kabotaži, koji se kolektivno nazivaju 'Jones Act' jednostavno omogućavaju da Amerika ima brodove izgrađene u svojim brodogradilištima, kojima upravljaju američke kompanije i na kojima plove Amerikanci!!! Sve drugo su priče za malu djecu u kojima učestvuju klanci i klančići, pavli i pavlići.

Jones Act keeps America employed and protected

Whether you are a member of the marine industry or not, you have probably heard the phrase "Jones Act" before.  What you may not know, or truly understand, is how critical this program is to U.S. national security.  While many critics attack the Jones Act for being protectionist, the law and principles are derived for our nation to attend to its maritime needs as a matter of national security and internal defense. The Jones Act is not intended to protect an industry but to protect this country.

We live in a time of great global instability. In today's world we worry about the possibility of attacks that would jeopardize our ability to do business and defend ourselves.  We must protect our waterways, which every Louisianian knows as the lifeblood of national commerce. Consider the consequences if we were unable to move grain, fuel or other basic commodities on our waterways for even a few weeks. The Jones Act simply ensures that we have a fleet of maritime vessels that are owned by U.S companies, employ U.S. crews and built in U.S. commercial shipyards. American built, owned and operated vessels support communities and economies around the country.  It's quite simple: The Jones Act advances national security by ensuring our internal waters and coastal communities do not to fall victim to a foreign enemy. 

Unfortunately, many in Washington seem to misunderstand the purpose behind the Jones Act.  Opponents argue that the act has caused a "historic decline" of U.S. shipping as a whole and that the law places unnecessary harm on domestic consumers due to higher charter rates.  If we analyze the facts, it quickly becomes clear these attacks are unfair.  There are currently 40,000 Jones Act qualified vessels — a fleet that has consistently grown in size and capacity, providing almost 500,000 good-paying American jobs nationwide.  The Jones Act simply highlights the importance of our domestic marine industry — the role that mariners play to keep our coastlines secure, and to keep our domestic transport of goods reliable.

In Washington, individual interests often raise unnecessary concerns, using fear tactics to spread information that isn't true.  Attacking the Jones Act and encouraging repeal does nothing but jeopardize American jobs, American security and the fact that we are, and must remain a maritime nation.

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany

3rd Congressional District

Lafayette

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