HONOLULU (AP) -- Lawmakers from Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam are teaming up to pressure the U.S. government for relief from a maritime law passed in the 1920s.
The Jones Act was designed to protect the domestic shipping industry. It states that only ships made in the U.S. and flying the country's flags can deliver goods between U.S. ports.
That means a cargo ship from China cannot deliver goods from one U.S. port to another. It can't, for example, take goods picked up from Los Angeles to Hawaii.