End the Jones Act
IT’S TIME TO MODIFY THE JONES ACT OUTDATED LAW TAKES MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKET
The Jones Act is an almost 100-year-old law designed to see that America had a merchant marine capable of shipping hundreds of thousands of men and their equipment overseas in time of war. It requires that all shipping between U.S. ports be on American owned, crewed, built and flagged ships.
Times have changed. We no longer need to ship armies around the world by freighter. But the Jones Act costs the average Hawaiian family thousands of dollars every year. Wonder why your milk costs so much? The Jones Act. Wonder why cereal costs so much? The Jones Act. Wonder why we pay more for gas, cars, toilet paper, clothing…anything that comes from the mainland? The Jones Act.
If the Jones Act were simply modified to allow U.S. shippers to buy and use foreign built ships between U.S. ports our costs would go down, the new ships would be cheaper, faster, and environmentally better than the aging Jones Act fleet. If the Jones Act were modified to allow non-U.S. shippers to carry cargo between U.S. ports our costs would go down even more.
It’s outdated. It’s expensive. It’s environmentally unsound. It’s time to modify the Jones Act. Hawaii’s Democrat legislators and candidates take lots of money from Jones Act supporters. But Cam Cavasso will lead the charge in Congress to modify the Jones Act…improve shipping…and put some of that hard earned money back in your pocket.
It’s time to reform the Jones Act. It’s time to elect Can Cavasso to Congress.