On March 6, 2019, more than 150 officers and representatives from U.S.-flag shipping companies, American maritime labor unions, and related maritime organizations and associations came to Capitol Hill for the tenth annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In. The maritime industry spokesmen met with more than 195 Members of Congress and their staffs, including many newly-elected Senators and Representatives to discuss the importance of the U.S.-flag commercial shipping industry and America's civilian merchant mariners to our Nation's economic, military and homeland security. They provided these offices with up-to-date information about the programs and policies that enable the U.S.-flag merchant marine and its American crews 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 urged Congress to ensure that as our government dedicates its efforts to Buy American and Hire American it also guarantees that American cargo is Shipped American as another means to create American jobs, bolster America's economy, and strengthen America's commercial sealift capability.

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