Inland waterways and harbors are important components of the nation's transportation system. Like highways and runways, our nation's 12,000-mile Mississippi inland waterway system, which funnels into the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth in Louisiana, is an important transport resource. The Mississippi River moves approximately 500 million tons of cargo, such as raw materials, various liquids, and agriculture commodities, to ports located along the Mississippi River system each year.
Since the 1700s, Louisiana has played an important role in connecting our nation's economy both domestically and internationally through deep-water shipping and use of the aforementioned inland waterway system. This tradition, dating back generations, is no less important today as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the industry. This is especially true in Louisiana, since our state leads the American domestic maritime industry with 54,860 jobs and $11.361 billion in annual economic impact.
Congressman Scalise is a strong advocate of the Jones Act, and is committed to supporting the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, sustaining the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and ensuring our harbors and waterways are dredged appropriately so that Louisiana can continue to meet our nation's maritime demands.
Congressman Scalise was recently named the Champion of Maritime by the American Maritime Partnership. This award is given to Members of Congress who demonstrate exceptional support for the hardworking men and women of the American maritime industry. The Congressman was honored to receive this award, and will continue to fight for common sense policies that reduce bureaucratic barriers that stunt economic activity and job growth in our country.
For more information concerning Congressman Scalise's work and views on Maritime issues, please contact his Washington, DC office.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) made the following statements after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced which projects in Louisiana will receive critical dredging and maintenance funding from the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Reps. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), Garret Graves (R-La.), and Clay Higgins (R-La.) in urging Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to support requests from Gulf Coast states for fishery disaster assistance. This assistance would help mitigate the impacts on seafood and recreational fishing industries throughout 2019 due to the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation are calling on Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin taking steps to protect the Louisiana seafood and recreational fishing industries and to address the ecological impacts to Lake Pontchartrain from the damaging effects related to the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in 2019.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement regarding today's meeting with President Donald Trump on the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a national security statute enacted to prevent U.S. dependence on foreign vessels and preserve a ready reserve force for times of war. Specifically, this law states that the transportation of merchandise between U.S. points is reserved for U.S. - built, owned, and documented vessels.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) delivered testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water in support of projects in Louisiana's First District that will help provide lifesaving flood protections and boost the national economy. Whip Scalise specifically discussed deepening the Mississippi River to 50-feet, flood protection in St. Tammany Parish, and the Morganaza to the Gulf hurricane and storm surge protection project in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.