Congressman Djou (R- Hawaii) calls for waiver of Jones Act to aid oil spill cleanup

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Djou calls for Jones Act waiver to aid oil cleanup

HONOLULU

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.

Here's another article:

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.]

Read more: miamiherald.com/2010/06/14/1680503/fla-republicans-ask-obama-to-waive.html#ixzz0r2kwYSNy

While my Gulf gently weeps....

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U.S. is not a ship builder or owner nation anymore. U.S. flagged ships are rare nowadays. Most supertankers are owned and operated by foreigners. Frontline, the world's largest owner and operator of some 500 supertankers, can gladly help BP unloading some of the oil. Discloser: I own shares in Frontine based out of Bermuda.

Nevertheless, the Jones Act "lives". It is real. The unions demand it.

So, in a national emergency, the President must issue an executive order waiving the Jones Act.

Bush did it for Katrina. Obama REFUSES to waive it.

Without a waiver, we cannot get foreign flagged sucker ships in to clean up the oil slick. He just won't do it.

WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH OBAMA??????????

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Nevertheless, the Jones Act "lives". It is real. The unions demand it.

So, in a national emergency, the President must issue an executive order waiving the Jones Act.

Bush did it for Katrina. Obama REFUSES to waive it.

Without a waiver, we cannot get foreign flagged sucker ships in to clean up the oil slick. He just won't do it.

WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH OBAMA??????????

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I hope whoever runs against Obama in 2012 (assuming Obama runs for a second term) asks him that question. Obama is a radical leftist bent on radicalizing our country, and he was voted into office with the support of 48% of catholics.

Ishii

Obama has avoided waiving it and the ONLY reason is the unions are opposed to it because non-union workers would be in control of ships in US waters. Its ugly, but the truth. Thanks, Mr. President. I'm sure glad your are "doing everything in your power" to make this right.

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