On March 25, officers and representatives from U.S.-flag shipping companies, American maritime labor unions and related maritime organizations will be on Capitol Hill for the eleventh annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In. The maritime industry leaders will meet with Senators, Representatives and staff to discuss the importance of the U.S.-flag merchant marine to our Nation’s economic, military and homeland security. They will be providing Congressional offices with the most up-to-date information about the programs and policies that enable the U.S.-flag merchant marine to continue to meet the commercial sealift requirements of the Department of Defense, including the Maritime Security Program, the Jones Act and the U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping programs. Most importantly, they will urge Congress to ensure that our government takes the steps necessary to make sure American cargo is Shipped American as a means to create American jobs, bolster America's economy, and strengthen America's commercial sealift capability.

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