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    Majestic America Line about the Delta Queen exemption

    In the conference call for the report about the second quarter's financial results of Ambassadors International, Majestic America Line President David Giersdorf and Ambassadors International President Joseph Ueberroth today gave some official information about the Delta Queen.

    Mr. Ueberroth described what they did to achieve the exemption for die DQ. Eventually it seams that the main problem is Representative James Oberstar, Chairman of the Transportation and infrastructure Committee of the House of Representatives, and the Seafarers International Union (SIU).

    Ueberroth: "Oberstar strongly opposed the extension under any circumstances and would not allow the legislation to be considered". (...) "He adamantly believes that Congress should not be in the business of granting exemptions." (...) "The fact that the SIU opposes the legislation has not helped our task." (...) "Senator Inouye, chairman of the Commerce Committee, has made it clear that with SIU opposition the extension would not be considered by the Senate." (...) "All parties have communicated that this issue is 'dead', unless there is a change of position by the chairmen of these committees."

    #2
    So, what would it take to make it a political liability for Representative James Oberstar to maintain his position? That's the key point to apply leverage.

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      #3
      A quick web search on Rep. Oberstar indicates that while both the cruise industry and unions contributed noticeably to his election, neither the SIU nor Ambassadors International were among those listed. He also seems to be attempting to saddle the fledgling space tourism industry with such restrictive government regulation, again in the name of safety, that if he suceeds the industry will probably not survive.

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        #4
        So it all boils down to 1 guy and 1 bitter union?



        Sorry if I am a little out of it. When Ambassadors/MAL purchased the boats, did they get rid of all union ties (AMO SIU)

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          #5
          Having two very strong chairs in both the House's Transportation Committee and the Senate's against your cause does not bode well. Both being Democrats will probably keep them in their lord-high positions after the next elections.

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            #6
            Senator

            OMG is it the same Senator Inouye that started the last disaster for the Delta Steamship company when they were going to help build ships for Hawaii that NCL took over after 9/11 happened and Delaware Northern took over the line.

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              #7
              So you have heard of him? ;)

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                #8
                I think the Passenger Vessel Association has a lobbying group (or connections) in D.C. that would be helpful.
                A recent past president of the PVA was Capt. Gary Frommelt, owner of the sternwheel towboat LOUISE. The PVA has lots of inland river members and interests.

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                  #9
                  Gary has been Engineer on the DQ, among others, so would be an ideal person to ask for advice and assistance.

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                    #10
                    I agree. The PVA should prove their worth and get involved.

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                      #11
                      WHAT!!!! After the bridge collapse and reports of the poor condition of our country's infrastructure, Rep. Oberstar's head should be rolling. While the nation's infrastructure is crumbling, he can only see fit to condemn one tiny well-maintained riverboat with a perfect record and annual stringent Coast Guard inspections, which means, if something IS wrong, it must be corrected immediately.

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                        #12
                        Here, here, Lexie. Well said. And I can't help myself - Let It Roll!!!!

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                          #13
                          Yes, and Oberstar's response is to raise the Federal tax on gasoline.

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                            #14
                            James Oberstar's attitude towards the Delta Queen brings back images of Homer Bedloe from the old TV series, "Petticoat Junction". He was just plain stubborn and set on destroying that little train, no matter what anyone else thought. We now have a couple senators prepared to vote for the Delta Queen's exemption should the matter arise in the US Senate.
                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petticoat_Junction


                            Originally posted by Franz Neumeier View Post
                            Mr. Ueberroth described what they did to achieve the exemption for die DQ. Eventually it seams that the main problem is Representative James Oberstar, Chairman of the Transportation and infrastructure Committee of the House of Representatives, and the Seafarers International Union (SIU).

                            Ueberroth: "Oberstar strongly opposed the extension under any circumstances and would not allow the legislation to be considered". (...) "He adamantly believes that Congress should not be in the business of granting exemptions." (...) "The fact that the SIU opposes the legislation has not helped our task." (...) "Senator Inouye, chairman of the Commerce Committee, has made it clear that with SIU opposition the extension would not be considered by the Senate." (...) "All parties have communicated that this issue is 'dead', unless there is a change of position by the chairmen of these committees."

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Richard Weisenberger View Post
                              We now have a couple senators prepared to vote for the Delta Queen's exemption should the matter arise in the US Senate.
                              I am assuming that you are talking about Messrs. Bunning and McConnell. Both are Republicans from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the latter is the Minority Leader of the Senate.

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