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more than 1.6 million americans are employed in the u.s maritime industry providing essential jobs keeping our economy strong and helping to maintain our national security.

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fourth arm of defense commenting on the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan shipment of cargo has all been handled by our commercial partners and we worked very closely with them from early on they have done superbly they do depend on cargo preference and they do depend on the maritime security program and those two programs are really valuable so that we have a strong u.s.flag fleet which is in the interest of the taxpayer and in the interests of the warfighter ­ general duncan mcnabb commander u.s transportation command called the fourth arm of defense by president franklin delano roosevelt in 1935 the merchant marine is often called upon to deliver troops and supplies to support our nation s military strategy u.s flag ships have been crucial partners to the supply of our troops overseas in afghanistan iraq and elsewhere in fact 85 percent of war material shipped to afghanistan and iraq has been delivered by u.s flag vessels.

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officials consistently describe the program as a great value the u.s maritime security program msp which has enjoyed strong bipartisan support since its enactment in the mid-1990s helps sustain a fleet of militarily useful ships that are commercially operated and civilian-crewed military leaders and elected officials consistently describe the program as a great value it would cost the government billions to replicate what is available to it through the msp for a tiny fraction of that amount.

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cargo preference laws ensure in a variety of ways that most government-impelled ocean borne cargo is transported by u.s flagged vessels these laws ensure that reliable ships are immediately available in times of war and national disasters at enormous savings to u.s taxpayers according to the department of defense approximately $52 billion in capital and infrastructure costs and another $1 billion in annual operating costs would be required to replicate the capabilities it obtains from the commercial u.s flag merchant marine reliable ships are immediately available in times of war and national disasters

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u.s mariners also routinely brave attacks in pirate-infested waters to deliver u.s food aid to starving populations in east africa both the liberty sun and the maersk alabama were attacked by pirates in 2009 food aid has benefited an estimated three billion people in 150 countries.

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our country s humanitarian aid u.s flag vessels ship 80 percent of our country s humanitarian aid providing transportation to three international food assistance programs food for peace food for progress and the mcgovern-dole international food for education and child nutrition program.

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essential to our country s international relief efforts u.s mariners are also essential to our country s international relief efforts and played an essential role in sending assistance after hurricane katrina and the earthquakes in both haiti and japan.

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2.4 million metric tons of food cuts to these programs put many of the world s hungry at risk in fy 2009 food for peace provided approximately 2.4 million metric tons mt of food valued at approximately $2.2 billion benefiting people in 44 countries worldwide.

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midwest 814 million in output 228 million in earnings 6179 job s economic impacts 112 million in output 28 million in earnings 696 jobs west southwest 727 million in output 181 million in earnings 4191 jobs east 330 million in output 86 million in earnings 2062 jobs cuts to food aid and the elimination of cargo preference also threaten economic stability the combination of handling processing and transporting food aid commodities from the farm to u.s ports generated $1.9 billion in output of all u.s industries and $523 million in household earnings occupations in us water transportation of freight

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cuts of this magnitude [to humanitarian assistance programs will be devastating to our national security will render us unable to respond to unanticipated disasters and will damage our leadership around the world ­ secretary of state hillary rodham clinton i think it is highly significant that adm mullen and secretary gates have repeatedly pointed out how important the foreign aid component is to our efforts in afghanistan and iraq and have been real advocates for state department funding ­ senator susan collins

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usa maritime supports congress in its efforts to maintain and strengthen cargo preference and food aid programs usa maritime supports congress in its efforts to maintain and strengthen cargo preference and food aid programs that ensure access to sealift capability in times of national need assist in the distribution of aid as an integral tool of soft diplomacy and promote domestic jobs and economic stability for more information visit us at www.usamaritime.org.

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