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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                S. 1561

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


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                   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

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                                 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        such title is repealed.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.
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