Abandon Ship: 10 Decades of Jones Act Failure

June 4, 2020

Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

The Jones Act has been taxing Americans for 100 years. Through higher transportation costs, needlessly congested highways, environmental degradation, lost sales opportunities, and crony capitalism, the Jones Act burdens the U.S. economy and frustrates national security. On this rickety old law’s centennial, please join the Cato Institute for an in‐​depth discussion about the Jones Act’s adverse impact and how we can alleviate that burden. The discussion will be followed by a reception highlighting the body of work that comprises Cato’s Project on Jones Act Reform.

The 1920 cabotage law mandates that waterborne transport within the United States be conducted by vessels that are U.S.-flagged, U.S.-built, and at least 75 percent U.S.-owned and crewed. It is well past due for major reform. Together, let’s make the Jones Act history.

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