AMO in Washington, D.C.

Working from an office in the capital, AMO protects its members' professional interests by helping to fend off persistent threats to laws and programs that sustain the fleet in foreign and domestic markets, and by promoting new opportunities for U.S.-flag vessel operators.

AMO's experienced, well-known and widely respected Washington staff monitors developments on Capitol Hill and tracks the work of government agencies, including the Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard, and the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.

AMO's considerable legislative success can be largely attributed to the strength of the union's Voluntary Political Action Fund, which is supported by contributions from AMO members. The VPAF is used solely for Congressional campaigns and does not fund any AMO employee expenses or salaries.

AMO also works with other unions through the Maritime Trades Department of the AFL-CIO and with industry trade associations like American Maritime Officers Service and the Lake Carriers' Association on matters of common interest. AMO is an active supporter of American Maritime Partnership, which is working to preserve the Jones Act and comparable laws, and of the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, which promotes the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipping system and port range. The union is active in the International Transport Workers' Federation.

AMO's Principal Legislative Interests Include: