U.S. Shipbuilders gird for McCain assault on protectionist law

Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi and Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut led a bipartisan group of 32 House members from shipyard states in opposing McCain’s move Tuesday in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

They noted that McCain’s amendment hasn’t been considered by a Senate committee and is unrelated to the Keystone pipeline.

The amendment, they wrote, “would gut the nation’s shipbuilding capacity and have far-reaching impacts across the nation.”

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi said he will oppose McCain’s move. Shipbuilding, he said “plays a crucial role in our commerce and national defense.”