Djou calls for Jones Act waiver to aid oil cleanup
U.S. Rep. Charles Djou is calling on President Barack Obama to waive a 90-year-old law so foreign ships can help respond to the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The statute, known as the Jones Act, requires vessels transporting goods between states to have been built in the United States, be crewed and owned by U.S. citizens, and fly the U.S. flag.
Djou says it has blocked vessels from Mexico, Canada and Belgium from assisting in the cleanup.
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Fla. Republicans ask Obama to waive Jones Act
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- U.S. Sen. George LeMieux and U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller want President Barack Obama to waive a law they say is keeping foreign oil skimmers out of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Republicans sent a letter to Obama on Monday and plan to discuss the issue with him Tuesday during the president's visit to Pensacola to assess the BP oil spill in the gulf.
The federal maritime administrator in emergencies can waive the Jones Act that bars foreign ships from carrying cargo and passengers between U.S. ports.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, who also was in Pensacola on Monday, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has assured him skimmers from the Netherlands and other European counties are on their way.
[Without the waiver, the Jones Act prohibits ships that are not U.S. built/owned/crewed from interstate trade. President George W. Bush waived it for Katrina recovery, for example. However, so far, President Obama has not waived the Jones Act; he should have waived it the first day.]