Over the last few days, after speaking with a number of people on the issue, it is becoming clearer and clearer to me that the current threats against the Jones Act in Puerto Rico and beyond may not be going away. That is, Jones Act could be in serious trouble the likes of which we have not seen. Of course, I don’t know what is going to happen exactly, but if there were any time to act, now is it.
Here’s what you can do…
Call your Congressional delegations (House Representatives, Senators, even Governor). If you went to an academy, call the reps where they are located. If you went to Kings Point, call your sponsor. Call McCain, call Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) who introduced a 5-year ban of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico.
Tell them you are a Jones Act mariner and explain to them what you have done with your career. Tell them how the Jones Act helped and supported you along the way.
I cannot stress how serious these current threats are. Now is the time to act.