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Maloney Leads Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s First-Ever Video-Conference Hearing from Washington

May 29, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Leads Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s First-Ever Video-Conference Hearing from Washington

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Chair of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, led the Committee’s first-ever video-conference hearing. The historic virtual hearing focused on the economic and logistical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. maritime supply chain.

 

“This pandemic has put an incredible strain on the maritime industry, threatening jobs and the country’s access to the goods we rely on. We need a whole-of-government approach that addresses the challenges this vital industry faces and protects our maritime supply chain,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I am proud to lead this historic virtual hearing and am thankful to my colleagues on the subcommittee for rising to the occasion and working together to address the impact of the coronavirus on this important industry.”

 

Annually, over $4.6 trillion worth of commerce flows through the country’s maritime transportation system. In addition to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the industry has experienced a decline of cargo volumes, threatening the viability of vessel owners and operators, ports, shipyards, and the workers employed by the maritime transportation industry. Estimates project a 20-to-30 percent drop in business during this pandemic, with some shipping trades preparing for a 50 percent drop in cargo during the second quarter of 2020.

 

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over a wide array of issue areas ranging from the oversight and support of the Coast Guard – to the regulation of shipping, ports and waterways, and environmental protection.

 

Watch the hearing here.

 

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