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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Mississippi Shipyards Build for the Future
South Mississippi has a long history of supporting America's maritime industry through shipbuilding. From Naval ships to Coast Guard ships, our shipyards on the Gulf Coast build world-class vessels to support America's maritime industries and national security. 

Earlier this week, the shipbuilders at VT Halter in Pascagoula held a ship naming ceremony for the first ever American-built Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Articulated Tug and Barge (ATB). This is not only a proud moment for the state of Mississippi but the United States, as this vessel is the anchor of the LNG infrastructure for the USA. LNG is the marine fuel of the future, and ships such as the Q-LNG 4000, are going to make sure that the United States is adequately supplied in our maritime needs. 

I believe these ships are highly important because of an existing American law called the Jones Act. The demand for these ships will only continue to rise as our nation increases dependency on American LNG production and transportation. The Jones Act requires that ships operating between the US ports be built by American shipbuilders and operated by American mariners under an American flag. Many in Washington have attempted to repeal this crucial century-old law and allow foreign ships and crews to operate in American waters - a move I have strongly opposed. The Jones Act is one of the most important laws we have today. Not only does it protect the safety of our people and ports, it ensures shipbuilders, like those at VT Halter, continue to build a robust LNG infrastructure.

America must ensure that our shipyards remain healthy, ready, and capable of supporting a strong national defense when necessary. I am grateful to have some of the world's greatest shipbuilders living in south Mississippi, who continue supporting our nation's needs at any given moment. 

Congressman Palazzo attends the ship-naming ceremony at VT Halter

Congressman Palazzo greets Calvin Erkhart and Alvin Erkhart

Palazzo greets members of the US Coast Guard at the ship naming ceremony

Congressman Palazzo speaks with shipbuilders at VT Halter during the ship naming ceremony

Supporting Stennis Space Center and Economic Development
This week, I introduced the NASA Enhanced Use Lease Authority Act of 2019 to reauthorize the Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) agreement authority for ten years.

The EUL agreement authority is critically important for NASA and enables our nation's space agency to reduce operating costs, improve facility conditions, and improve mission effectiveness, all at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer. This legislation will benefit our space centers throughout the United States, including Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

NASA centers use the EUL agreement authority to lease underutilized areas on their properties to private entities, state and local governments, as well as academic institutions. With the funds generated through EUL, NASA uses this money for facilities maintenance, capital revitalization and real property improvements.

You can read the full press release by clicking the link here

The Week in Pictures

Palazzo meets with Mississippi's Toughest Kids Foundation leadership, Mary Kitchens(left) 
and Tanya Mohawk (right)

Congressman Palazzo and Gov. Bryant welcome General Zetterwell and
Maj. Gen. Farmen for a military training opportunity in south Mississippi

Congressman Palazzo welcomes the Murphy family to his Washington office


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