ALLOW TEMPORARY JONES ACT WAIVERS FOR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF EFFORTS

In response to a recent denial, and now lapse, of a Jones Act waiver due to the requirement contained in

46 U.S.C. 501 that waivers only be granted when “necessary in the interest of national defense” (see the recent
CRS Insight Report 10790), Reps. Velázquez, Serrano, Soto, Gutiérrez and I introduced the “Humanitarian Disaster Relief Act of 2017”.  This legislation will simply add “humanitarian relief efforts” to the acceptable
list of instances in which Jones Act requirements may be temporarily waived. 

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Cosponsor HR 2290 The Family-Based Care Services Act of 2017

Our nation’s foster children are among our most vulnerable. Nearly 80 percent of the 400,000 youth in the child welfare system have diagnosable mental disorders, and 40,000 children served by private foster care agencies struggle with the most serious mental
and emotional disturbances, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), oppositional defiance disorder, and major clinical depression. Foster children struggling with mental disorders often experience multiple out-of-home placements and typically receive
care in high cost residential treatment centers. Further, these children are often given psychotropic medications instead of receiving clinical therapy.

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ALLOW TEMPORARY JONES ACT WAIVERS FOR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF EFFORTS

In response to a recent denial, and now lapse, of a Jones Act waiver due to the requirement contained in

46 U.S.C. 501 that waivers only be granted when “necessary in the interest of national defense” (see the recent
CRS Insight Report 10790), Reps. Velázquez, Serrano, Soto, Gutiérrez and I introduced the “Humanitarian Disaster Relief Act of 2017”.  This legislation will simply add “humanitarian relief efforts” to the acceptable
list of instances in which Jones Act requirements may be temporarily waived. 

Read More