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.

More on Maritime

May 1, 2019 Press Release

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.

April 9, 2019 Press Release

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.

February 23, 2019 Press Release
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) penned a column for the Houma Courier highlighting the results of a new study from the Transportation Institute that revealed Southeast Louisiana is the national leader for American maritime jobs.
February 12, 2019 Press Release
Louisiana’s Maritime Workers Are Critical to American Energy and National Security
November 27, 2018 Press Release
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the House passed the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 unanimously.
November 21, 2018 Press Release
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers released its 2019 Work Plan.
December 17, 2014 Press Release
Scalise today released the following statement after the World Trade Center of New Orleans and the Big River Coalition published a report, titled the “Emerging South American Competitiveness to U.S. Soybean Exports.”
August 14, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Steve Scalise (LA-01) applauds the rollout of the new TWIC OneVisit program, resulting from legislation he originally introduced in the House, which eliminates the requirement for thousands of transportation workers to make multiple trips to a TWIC enrollment center.
November 8, 2013 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s speech on the economy at the Port of New Orleans.
June 15, 2012 Press Release
Congressmen Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond today released the following statements after the U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced limited relief for eligible Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) holders.

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