Pres. Trump signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, of this year. The legislation fully funds the Maritime Security Program (MSP) at the authorized level for Fiscal Year 2017 and sustains other programs crucial to the U.S.-flag maritime industry.
In an effort to maintain its U.S.-flag monopoly in the Guam trade, Matson is attempting to make legislative changes to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) to force American President Lines out of that service.
In 2016, over $475 billion worth of American exports were transported overseas by ship.
A letter was sent to President Trump by USA Maritime Chairman James Henry. USA Maritime emphasizing the importance of Food for Peace.
United States Secretary of Transportation-designee Elaine Chao reaffirmed her longtime support for the U.S.-flag maritime industry during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on January 11.
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-California), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, sent a letter dated December 2, to President-elect Donald Trump highlighting the importance of the Jones Act.