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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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