Officials from the MTD and several of its Port Maritime Councils joined with hundreds of other representatives from maritime labor and industry to promote the U.S.-flag fleet and its crews on Capitol Hill during the fifth annual Sail-In on May 7.
The groups conducted 170 meetings during the day with elected officials from both the Senate and the House as well as staff members. Delegations met with Democrats and Republicans to point out the need for a vibrant U.S.-flag fleet is a bipartisan issue.
Among those working the halls of Congress were MTD Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan, MTD Board Member (and SIU Executive Vice President) Augie Tellez, and San Francisco Bay Area and Vicinity Port Maritime Council President (and SUP President) Gunnar Lundeberg.
Before hitting the offices, all participants heard from Acting Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen, who reiterated Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s support for the industry.
Working in more than 20 groups of approximately 5 people from labor and industry (including operators, shipyards and ports), the delegations updated the members of the Senate and House and their staffs on the need for the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program, the Food for Peace (PL-480) Program and Export-Import Bank. They pointed out the nation’s domestic fleet sustains nearly 500,000 jobs, pumping nearly $100 billion into America’s economy.