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commercial sealift industry depends on.” He warned that “Any reductions will have to be offset in other ways to maintain current DoD sealift readiness .” [another maritime readiness card] AMO 6-12 [The American Maritime Officers, “Proposed evisceration of PL-480 Food for Peace program would undermine U.S. defense sealift capability” June 12, 2013, ] Note: HR 1983 is a bill to get rid of the Food for Peace Program Under the existing PL 480 Food for Peace Program, U.S. grown agricultural commodities are transported to American ports, processed, bagged and loaded onto American ships by American workers, and carried by U.S.-flag, U.S.-crewed vessels to those in need. Under HR 1983 , this system would end, the U.S. economic activity generated by the PL 480 Program would be lost to foreign companies, and the associated American jobs , including the jobs of American workers our organizations represent, would, like the American tax dollars, be sent overseas . Despite what the proponents of this legislation and the Administration's proposal contend, ending the PL 480 Food for Peace Program will diminish our nation's U.S.-flag sealift capability and will result in the loss of American jobs. It is the privately-owned U.S.-flag maritime industry that is called upon by the Department of Defense to deliver the supplies and equipment needed to support our troops and their mission overseas . In fact, more than 95 percent of all the cargo sent to Iraq and Afghanistan has been carried by U.S.-flag, U.S.-crewed vessels. In 2011, then-Commander of the Department of Defense Transportation Command General Duncan McNabb told Congress that " The movement of international food aid has been a major contributor to the cargo we have moved under the cargo preference law that our U.S. commercial sealift industry depends on ." He warned Congress that "Any reductions will have to be offset in other ways to maintain current DOD readiness ." Significantly, General McNabb's statement was made prior to the time the Administration set its policy to eliminate the PL 480 Food for Peace Program, and prior to the time the Department of Defense and all Federal agencies were obligated to express support for this policy. When DOD was free to look objectively at the impact that reductions in food aid cargoes for the U.S.-flag merchant marine would have on DOD readiness, their conclusion was that readiness would be adversely affected . As recently stated by the Navy League of the United States, "to recreate the capacity it obtains from the U.S.-flag commercial industry, the Department of Defense would have to incur an additional $9 billion in capital costs and $1 billion in annual operating costs." Consequently, not only will HR 1983 reduce America's commercial sealift capability but it will increase Federal spending as the Department of Defense will have to spend significantly more to replace the commercial sealift capability provided today by the U.S.-flag maritime industry. Finally, we urge that you not be misled by the Administration's claim that this adverse impact can be offset through a new $25 million appropriation for affected U.S.-flag vessels. Simply put,
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