Republican Congressman Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) called for the repeal of the Jones Act.
The Washington Examiner reported:
U.S. Rep. Charles Djou is calling on President Barack Obama to waive a 90-year-old law so foreign ships can help respond to the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The statute, known as the Jones Act, requires vessels transporting goods between states to have been built in the United States, be crewed and owned by U.S. citizens, and fly the U.S. flag.
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Djou says it has blocked vessels from Mexico, Canada and Belgium from assisting in the cleanup.
A Republican, Djou opposes the statute because he contends it results in higher prices for Hawaii consumers.