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TO MY CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND U.S. SENATORS

PLEASE SUPPORT THE GREEN MARINE HIGHWAY INITIATIVE.

I URGE MY CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND MY U.S. SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE GREEN MARINE HIGHWAY INITIATIVE. I ASK THAT YOU ALLOCATE $500 MILLION TO FUND U.S. LOAN GUARANTEES FOR THE FINANCING OF NEW AMERICAN-BUILT GREEN SHIPS. THE FUNDING WILL ALSO RE-ACTIVATE THE U.S. MARITIME ADMINISTRATION’S TITLE XI LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM FOR NEW SHIPS THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY CAN REDUCE CURRENT LEVELS OF TRUCKING ON U.S. ROADS AND HIGHWAYS.

I SUPPORT SHIFTING TRUCK CARGOES ON TO NEW, GREEN SHIPS WHEREVER POSSIBLE AS THESE AMERICAN-MADE VESSELS WILL REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS, FUEL CONSUMPTION AND ROAD MAINTENANCE COSTS TO U.S. TAXPAYERS. THIS INVESTMENT WILL ALSO CREATE NEW U.S. SHIPBUILDING JOBS AND NEW CARGO-HANDLING JOBS AT OUR PORTS AND HARBORS.

AS U.S. LAW (THE JONES ACT) GUARANTEES THESE SHIPS BE BUILT BY AMERICAN WORKERS AND OPERATED BY AMERICAN MARINERS, THIS INITIATIVE WILL GENERATE NEW NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ADVANCE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FOR THE UNITED STATES.