Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Decision Will Support Gulf Coast Shipbuilders

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Feb 2, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today applauded a decision by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to revoke a number of rulings detrimental to the shipbuilding industry.

Byrne said: “I appreciate Customs and Border Protection taking action to ensure the Jones Act is properly enforced and applied, especially as it relates to oil and gas projects in the Gulf. By taking corrective action, Customs and Border Protection closed loopholes that negatively impacted American workers, shipbuilders, and mariners. I pledge to continue defending the Jones Act and supporting the Gulf Coast’s critical maritime industry.”

Congressman Byrne has been a strong supporter of the Jones Act throughout his time in Congress. The Jones Act mandates that maritime commerce occurring between American ports occur on U.S. built ships – owned and operated by U.S citizens. Studies have shown the Jones Act supports over 5,000 jobs in Southwest Alabama.