FactCheck.org has weighed in on recent criticism of the Obama administration alleging that the Jones Act, a federal maritime law that protects the domestic shipping industry, has hindered the BP oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico.
The group, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, found that the Obama administration had not turned down foreign assistance and that 15 foreign-flagged vessels are helping out with the spill without waivers from the law.
U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii, who has called on President Obama to waive the Jones Act, gets special mention:
Some critics have charged — falsely — that Obama’s refusal to waive the Jones Act has kept foreign vessels from assisting in cleanup efforts. In a June 23 interview on “Fox & Friends,” Republican Rep. Charles Djou of Hawaii was asked by show host Gretchen Carlson about the Jones Act and why the administration was refusing foreign assistance. Djou answered:
Djou, June 23: It’s important that we take help from whomever and wherever they’re willing to offer it. … So why are we not waiving the Jones Act to allow international help to come in? … Why we’re not waiving it here … is baffling.