To amend title 46, United States Code, to allow operation of foreign- flag cruise ships in the coastwise trade of the United States.
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 ``Creating and Restoring U.S. Investment and Stimulating Employment Act''.
SEC. 2. OPERATION OF FOREIGN-FLAG CRUISE SHIPS IN THE COASTWISE TRADE OF THE UNITED STATES.
Section 55103 of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(c) Limitation on Application.-- ``(1) In general.--This section shall not apply to the transportation of passengers by a passenger vessel on a voyage-- ``(A) that is more than 24 hours in duration; ``(B) any part of which is on the high seas; and ``(C) in which passengers embark or disembark in the United States (including any commonwealth or territory of the United States). ``(2) Passenger vessel defined.--For purposes of this subsection `passenger vessel' (as defined in section 2101) does not include-- ``(A) a public vessel; ``(B) a vessel owned or operated by a State or local government; or ``(C) a vessel that is used on a regular schedule-- ``(i) to provide transportation only between particular places; and ``(ii) to transport only-- ``(I) passengers; or ``(II) vehicles, or railroad cars, that are being used, or have been used, in transporting passengers or goods.''. <all>