Earlier this year, President Obama decided to withdraw 30 million bbls. of crude oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This did not sit well with many workboat operators in the Gulf of Mexico. The release was not the problem. How the cargoes were going to be carried became the issue when the administration approved Jones Act waivers to foreign oil transport operators when U.S. carriers were available. In September, Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee chairman Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., sent a bipartisan letter to the president to protest waivers, she and the other signees claim, that had been issued by the administration to foreign carriers over domestic carriers. “The administration’s current policy provides jobs to foreign seafarers while American seafarers stand by ready to help,” the letter said. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany, R-La., Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Peter King, R-N.Y., Candice Miller, R-Mich., Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., also signed the letter.