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Jones Act

US Rep Charles Djou is calling on President Obama to waive a 90-year-old law so foreign ships can help respond to the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The statute, known as the Jones Act, requires vessels transporting goods between states to have been built in the US, be crewed and owned by US citizens, and fly the US flag. Djou says it has blocked vessels from Mexico, Canada, and Belgium from assisting in the cleanup.
We go and help other countries when they need help. Why can’t we accept the help of other countries when we need it? Our president is all talk and no action.

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