WASHINGTON – Today, the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s signing of the bipartisan transportation infrastructure bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month and was approved by the U.S. Senate in August.
“We applaud Congress and President Biden for passing a bipartisan transportation infrastructure bill that invests in our nation’s maritime ports and inland waterways and supports American offshore wind development, which will provide greater opportunities to build new American vessels and employ mariners,” said Mike Roberts, President of the American Maritime Partnership. “The critical maritime investments in this legislation further underscore the steadfast commitment of President Biden and the U.S. Congress to American maritime, hardworking mariners, and our nation’s crucial cabotage laws, which serve to strengthen our economic, national, and homeland security.”
The bipartisan legislation includes increased funding for American maritime infrastructure, greater support for domestic offshore wind development and continued affirmation of the Administration and Congress’ strong commitment to the domestic maritime sector. America’s maritime infrastructure is more critical now than ever and, despite disruptions to our international supply chains, American Maritime carriers have remained reliable and resilient for customers, consumers and businesses across the nation.
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American Maritime Partnership (AMP) is the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation’s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards, crewed by American mariners, and owned by American companies, operate in our waters 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and this commerce sustains nearly 650,000 American jobs, $41.6 billion in labor compensation, and more than $154.8 billion in annual economic output. You can learn more by visiting www.americanmaritimepartnership.com.