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on the Jones Act
Votes by the U.S. House and Senate are imminent on the future of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico.
If you would like to voice your opinion about the value of the act with your elected representatives, the Navy League has made it easy for you to do so.
Just follow this link, fill out a short form, and your email will be routed to your elected officials based on your home address. The entire process takes less than 2 minutes.
The Jones Act And Homeland Security In The 21st Century
For nearly a century, the Jones Act has protected the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base and ensured the continuation of an American merchant marine. Since September 11, it has also become an important instrument for the protection of the U.S. homeland from the threat of foreign terrorism. The Jones Act requires that all ships engaged in cabotage, movement between two U.S. ports, at sea or via inland waterways, be U.S. flagged and that the crews be no less than 70 percent U.S. citizens. This limits the ability of terrorists to use U.S. waterways to attack the homeland, improves the collection of intelligence and reduces the burden on the domestic security forces. Were there no Jones Act, one would have to be created. Read More.
Rightwing Alliance Plots Assault to 'Defund and Defang' America's Unions
Ed Pilkington in New York-Guardian News
Rightwing activists across the US have launched a nationwide campaign to undermine progressive politicians by depriving them of a major source of support and funding – public sector unions.
A network of conservative thinktanks with outposts in all 50 states has embarked on a “breakthrough” campaign designed to strike a “mortal blow” against the American left. The aim is to “defund and defang” unions representing government employees as the first step towards ensuring the permanent collapse of progressive politics.
The campaign carries a powerful echo of the populist creed espoused by Donald Trump. The president was propelled into the White House last November after unexpected victories in several previously Democratic rust belt states including Michigan and Wisconsin, both of which have endured withering attacks on trade unions in recent years.
The new assault is being spearheaded by the State Policy Network (SPN), an alliance of 66 state-based thinktanks, or “ideas factories” as it calls them, with a combined annual budget of $80m. As suggested by its slogan – “State solutions. National impact” – the group outlines an aim to construct a rightwing hegemony throughout the US, working from the bottom up. To do that, it first has to sweep aside the public sector unions and their historic ties to Democratic and progressive politicians. In a 10-page fundraising letter, part of a set of documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy and published by the Guardian today for the first time, SPN sets out its mission in frank language that does not disguise its partisan ambitions.