A shortsighted and unrelated amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill in the U.S. Senate would end the U.S. ship building requirement of the Jones Act, severely damaging our defense capabilities and putting good-paying American jobs at risk.
The amendment, proposed by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), would also devastate U.S. commercial ship building, says IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.
“IAM members are proud of the critical role that they perform for the U.S. ship building industry at locations across America: Bath Iron Works, Electric Boat, Newport News Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding, NASSCO, as well as at companies throughout the supply chain for these shipyards,” wrote Buffenbarger in a letter to U.S. Senators. “Our members know that our national and economic security depends upon their vital work. We must not undermine these capabilities; reject Senator McCain’s amendment.”