Text: H.R.3966 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3966


To provide that provisions of title 46, United States Code, popularly known as the Jones Act and relating to carriage of passenger and merchandise in coastwise trade shall not apply for 5 years with respect to such carriage to and from Puerto Rico.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 5, 2017

Mr. Palmer (for himself, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Biggs, and Mr. Brat) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To provide that provisions of title 46, United States Code, popularly known as the Jones Act and relating to carriage of passenger and merchandise in coastwise trade shall not apply for 5 years with respect to such carriage to and from Puerto Rico.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief Act”.

SEC. 2. Exemption of Puerto Rico from restrictions on coastwise trade.

(a) Exemption.—During the 5-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, provisions of title 46, United States Code, formerly enacted as provisions of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 and the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (popularly known as the Jones Act) and relating to carriage of passenger and merchandise, respectively, in coastwise trade shall not apply with respect to such carriage to and from Puerto Rico.

(b) Study and report.—Not later than 4 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study and submit to Congress a report analyzing the economic impact of this section on the economy of Puerto Rico, including regarding shipping costs, commodity prices, job creation, and utility and food costs.