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Introduced in Senate (07/13/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1561


To repeal the Jones Act restrictions on coastwise trade, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 13, 2017

Mr. McCain introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To repeal the Jones Act restrictions on coastwise trade, and for other purposes.

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 “Open America's Waters Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Repeal of certain limitations on coastwise trade.

(a) In general.—Section 12112(a) of title 46, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(a) In general.—A coastwise endorsement may be issued for a vessel that qualifies under the laws of the United States to engage in the coastwise trade.”.

(b) Regulations.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard shall issue regulations to implement the amendment made by subsection (a) that require all vessels permitted to engage in the coastwise trade to meet all appropriate safety and security requirements.

(c) Conforming amendments.—

(1) TANK VESSEL CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS.—Section 3703a(c)(1)(C) of title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking “and is qualified for documentation as a wrecked vessel under section 12112 of this title”.

(2) LIQUIFIED GAS TANKERS.—Section 12120 of such title is amended by striking “, if the vessel—” and all that follows and inserting a period.

(3) SMALL PASSENGER VESSELS.—Section 12121(b) of such title is amended by striking “12112,”.

(4) LOSS OF COASTWISE TRADE PRIVILEGES.—Section 12132 of such title is repealed.

(5) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections for chapter 121 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 12132.