U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has filed an amendment to the bill governing the Keystone XL Pipeline that would repeal the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as The Jones Act, which requires that all goods shipped between waterborne ports of the United States be carried by vessels built in the United States and owned and operated by Americans.
He called the act “an antiquated law that has for too long hindered free trade, made U.S. industry less competitive and raised prices for American consumers.”
His amendment targets the U.S.-build requirement of the Jones Act. Maritime unions oppose repealing the act.
In December, McCain vowed the eventual full repeal of the Jones Act despite tough opposition.
“It’s one of these things you just propose amendments to bills and encourage hearings and sooner or later the dam breaks,” McCain said after a speech at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
“But I have to tell you … the power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career,” he said. “All I can do is appeal to the patron saint of lost causes and keep pressing and pressing and sooner or later you have to succeed.”