The text of the bill below is as of Oct 3, 1980 (Passed Congress).
PUBLIC LAW 96-371—OCT. 3, 1980 94 STAT. 1361 Public Law 96-871 96th Congress Joint Resolution Authorizing and requesting the President of the United States to issue a proclama- Oct.3, 1980 tion designating the seven calendar days beginning October 5,1980, as National [H.J. Res. 551] Port Weelc", and for other purposes. Whereas the past development of the public ports of the United States is the result of a fruitful partnership in which State and local authorities have assumed m^or responsibilities for land- based port development with the Federal Government construct- ing and maintaining the navigable waterways and harbors of the United States; Whereas the economic, social, and cultural developments in the history of the port cities and States has mirrored the conditions of the ports of the United States; Whereas ports serving the United States waterbome commerce are responsible for the creation and continued employment of more than one million workers and an annual contriBution in excess of $56,000,000,000 to our Nation's economic well-being; Whereas the development of our Nation's ports is indispensable to our foreign trade and vital for the achievement of a favorable balance of trade; Whereas viable United States ports are necessary to national secu- rity and the maintenance of an adequate defense; Whereas the continued development of the ports of the United States is being adversely affected by economic, physical, and other factors, including the problems associated with the ade- quacy of the harbors and channels; Whereas the ability of the public ports to continue their vital con- tribution to national security and welfare may be in question; and Whereas there is an urgent need for continuing attention to the needs of the public ports of the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the President National Port of the United States is authorized and requested to issue a proclama- Week. Designation tion designating the seven-day period beginning October 5,1980, as authorization. "National Port Week" and to invite the Xj^overnors of the several States, the chief officials of local governments, and the people of the United States to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
94 STAT. 1362 PUBLIC LAW 96-371—OCT. 3, 1980 Port conditions, gg^ 2. The Sccretaiy of Cbmmeree shaU report annually to report to Congress CongTess Oil the conditions of the pdi>!ic ports of the United States, 15 use 1519a. including, but not limited to, their economic and technological development, the extent to which they contribute to the national securify and welfare, and those factors which m ^ impede the continued development of the public ports of the United States. Approved October 3, 1980. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 126 (1980): July 30, considered and passed House. Sept. 19, considered and passed Senate, in lieu of S.J. Res. 176.