MARITIME LABOR URGES ACTION TO BOLSTER U.S. FLEET

The Senate Merchant Marine Subcommittee held a hearing on April 20th to examine the state of the U.S.-flag maritime industry. Testimony was presented on behalf of the seafaring labor unions by Klaus Luhta, Chief of Staff, Masters, Mates & Pilots…

Keeping the Maritime Security Program Funded Should be a No Brainer

These days, there’s nothing shocking about partisan hostility hindering Congress. It’s practically become the new norm. But when lawmakers are able to set aside their differences and work together, great things can happen. The Maritime Security Program (MSP) is a…

BIPARTISAN HOUSE, SENATE COALITIONS FIGHT FOR FULL MSP FUNDING

A bipartisan coalition of 85 Members of the House of Representatives and 16 Senators has called on their respective Appropriations Committees to provide Fiscal Year 2017 funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) at its fully authorized Congressional amount.  As contained…

Maritime, Agriculture Coalition Urges Full Funding for Food Aid Programs

The undersigned organizations support sustained funding for the Food for Peace (P.L. 480) and Food for Progress international food aid programs and oppose proposals to reduce funding or to shift these resources to overseas commodity procurement and cash assistance. These…

Challenges for Military Sealift Command: The Distributed Fleet

Sen. John McCain recently went after the Jones Act again. In an amendment to bill S.2012, the “Energy Modernization Act of 2015, McCain argues that the Jones Act is an “antiquated law” that hinders free trade and raises prices for…

TRANSCOM COMMANDER GENERAL DARREN McDEW WARNS

” the only way of guaranteeing we decisively meet our national objectives is with U.S. ships operated by U.S. mariners.” TWENTY-FIVE years ago today the United States completed the largest deployment of combat power since World War II. That effort…

BREAKING NEWS: CONGRESS APPROVES GREATER FUNDING FOR MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

The House of Representatives and Senate have each passed, and the President has signed, omnibus appropriations legislation that includes much needed and significant new funding levels for the Maritime Security Program.  In the short term, the omnibus legislation increases MSP…

REPORT WARNS OF THREAT TO US FROM GROWING CHINESE FLEET

A new report prepared by political scientist Dr. Patrick Bratton and seapower historian U.S. Naval Captain (Ret.) Carl Shuster warns that the growth of the Chinese maritime fleet coupled with the decline in the U.S.-flag fleet poses severe risks to…

HOUSE HEARING: U.S-FLAG SHIPPING KEY TO NATIONAL SECURITY

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Foreign Agriculture and the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee held a joint hearing on November 17th to “explore the interaction of food aid shipping and military sealift capacity, particularly that provided by the…