U.S. shipbuilders and the greater maritime industry are fighting back against an amendment offered to a draft Puerto Rico debt relief bill currently advancing in the House seeking to exempt the Commonwealth from the Jones Act.

The amendment was offered by Alabama Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) to the proposed H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which seeks to create a legal framework for the federal government to oversee the fiscal and budgetary affairs of certain U.S. territories, and Puerto Rico in particular.

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