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senate Bill S. 1561

Should the Jones Act’s Requirement That Only American Ships Carry Goods Between U.S. Ports be Eliminated?

Argument in favor

The Jones Act’s requirement that only American ships carry goods between U.S. ports is inefficient economically and raises shipping costs, which are ultimately passed to consumers in the form of higher prices. It should be repealed to make U.S. goods more competitive.

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09/28/2017
Well, for starters I don't think U-Boats are really much of a threat anymore seeing as WW1 was a century ago. This act is outdated and it's stopping AMERICAN CITIZENS from getting supplies that they desperately need. We're failing Puerto Rico so much already as it currently stands, so this needs to be repealed or at least waived (forever) so that aid can to the islands.
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JayFeat's Opinion
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09/28/2017
At least one conservative has the best interest of Americans in mind.
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Tammy's Opinion
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09/27/2017
The priority is on helping these people. Politics should not hamper efforts.
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Argument opposed

The Jones Act may lead to higher prices for consumers, but it also a vital purpose by protecting the American shipping industry from competition in shipping goods between U.S. ports. That ensures the U.S. has the shipping capacity it needs for national security reasons.

Lionman's Opinion
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09/28/2017
A repeal is unnecessary. Amending it to humanitarian cargoes to all areas declared a disaster emergency would serve those in need and keep in tact the original idea of the act.
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Alaskafirst's Opinion
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09/29/2017
If repealed thousand of high paying jobs will move to China where the pay will be minimal! Goverment subsidized steel will kill ship building in America. If this law is repealed you can all get some nice "Made China Great Again" hats!
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mikesindahouse's Opinion
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09/28/2017
The law needs to be updated to allow foreign ships to deliver aid to ports in regions of emergency or crisis. If fully repealed, it would likely cost thousands of Americans good paying jobs and many millions of dollars would leave the country never to return. Help Puerto Rico and future states in crisis but do not repeal the law without considering all of the economic ramifications.
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    Well, for starters I don't think U-Boats are really much of a threat anymore seeing as WW1 was a century ago. This act is outdated and it's stopping AMERICAN CITIZENS from getting supplies that they desperately need. We're failing Puerto Rico so much already as it currently stands, so this needs to be repealed or at least waived (forever) so that aid can to the islands.
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    A repeal is unnecessary. Amending it to humanitarian cargoes to all areas declared a disaster emergency would serve those in need and keep in tact the original idea of the act.
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    The priority is on helping these people. Politics should not hamper efforts.
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    At least one conservative has the best interest of Americans in mind.
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    It is inhumane to let people die just to uphold corporate profits
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    Repeal the Jones Act!!!
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    If repealed thousand of high paying jobs will move to China where the pay will be minimal! Goverment subsidized steel will kill ship building in America. If this law is repealed you can all get some nice "Made China Great Again" hats!
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    The law needs to be updated to allow foreign ships to deliver aid to ports in regions of emergency or crisis. If fully repealed, it would likely cost thousands of Americans good paying jobs and many millions of dollars would leave the country never to return. Help Puerto Rico and future states in crisis but do not repeal the law without considering all of the economic ramifications.
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    This is probably the biggest reason Puerto Rico has such a high cost of living.
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    The Jones Act’s requirement that only American ships carry goods between U.S. ports is inefficient economically and raises shipping costs, which are ultimately passed to consumers in the form of higher prices. It should be repealed to make U.S. goods more competitive and it always hurts us with relief efforts.
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    Repealing the Jones Act would help Puerto Rico recover from disaster much faster. Faster recovery time is essential to its people and economy.
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    We hinder ourselves from helping humanity all in the name of greed.
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    Please eliminate this outdated legislation ASAP because it’s affecting the ability of Puerto Rico to receive the aid it so desperately needs.
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    A nearly hundred year-old act that has outlived it's utility. Repeal it.
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    It would be more fair to the people living in Puerto Rico to permanently repeal the Jones Act.
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    This law from the WWI era is only serving to raise the profits for US shipping/receiving companies with the end result of higher costs of imported goods for US island nations by legislatively forcing an additional "middle man" charge. Absolutely, it's high time for Congress to repeal the Jones Act. Shouldn't it be a no-brainer for a Republican Congress to be in favor of letting international free-market forces operate without Big Government interference? Unless they want to be hypocritical ... again!
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    Thank you senator McCain , God bless you
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    To quote Michael: “The law needs to be updated to allow foreign ships to deliver aid to ports in regions of emergency or crisis. If fully repealed, it would likely cost thousands of Americans good paying jobs and many millions of dollars would leave the country never to return. Help Puerto Rico and future states in crisis but do not repeal the law without considering all of the economic ramifications.”
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    One Reason "NUCLEAR CHECKMATE"
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    It makes sense to facilitate shipping, and the original premise is no longer needed.
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