Issues & Advocacy

AWO Member Action Alerts

Legislative advocacy is a year-round activity. It’s critical for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry and its supporters to keep key issues top-of-mind for lawmakers throughout the Congressional session.

Attacks on the Jones Act can happen at any time, so Members of Congress need to hear from all of us on why they should support the law that is foundational to the work of this industry. Please take a moment to call or email your Congressman and/or Senator with a simple message:

Please support the Jones Act—a law that preserves national security, enhances homeland security, and provides economic security for tens of thousands of maritime workers. The men and women who make the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry work need your support!

AWO is committed to ensuring that the vital tugboat, towboat and barge industry can operate safely and efficiently in service to our nation. In keeping with that commitment, this year we are working to include a number of sensible regulatory improvements as part of the Coast Guard authorization bill. In order to ensure that the Coast Guard bill passes with broad, bipartisan support, please take a moment to contact your Congressman and Senators with the following message:

The 2019 Coast Guard bill is important to the health of my business [INSERT YOUR COMPANY NAME] and the [INSERT NUMBER] workers we employ. Please support the 2019 Coast Guard bill when it comes before the House and Senate later this fall.