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S. 2642: Safeguarding American Tourism Act


The text of the bill below is as of Aug 5, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2642

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 5, 2021

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

A BILL

To exempt large cruise ships from certain requirements applicable to passenger vessels, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Safeguarding American Tourism Act.

2.

Adjusting applicability of certain PVSA and Jones Act requirements

(a)

PVSA domestic requirements

Section 55103 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(c)

Nonapplicablity

This section shall not apply to any vessel with 800 or more passenger berths.

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(b)

Jones Act requirements

Chapter 121 of title 46, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in section 12103, by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Nonapplicability

The requirements of this section shall not apply to any vessel with 800 or more passenger berths and that transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port.

; and

(2)

in section 12112(a)—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by inserting except in the case of a vessel described in subparagraph (C) of paragraph (2), before satisfies; and

(B)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by striking or after the semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (B)(iii), by striking ; and and inserting ; or; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

has 800 or more passenger berths and transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port; and

.

(c)

Adjustment of citizenship and Navy Reserve requirements

Section 8103(k) of title 46, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(k)

Nonapplicability to certain passenger vessels

Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to any vessel with 800 or more passenger berths and that transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port.

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3.

Rule of construction

Nothing in the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to exempt a vessel that transports passengers between ports or places in the United States to which the coastwise laws apply, either directly or via a foreign port, from any applicable law of the United States except as explicitly provided in such amendments.