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Senator Lee of Utah Introduces Bills to Repeal Passenger Vessel Services Act | g Captain

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U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) from the landlocked state of Utah has introduced legislation to permanently repeal the Passenger Vessel Services Act, calling it an outdated and protectionist law that benefits Canada and Mexico more than American workers.

The Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886 requires that foreign passenger vessels stop in a foreign destination while traveling between two U.S. points. For Alaska-bound cruises operated by the world’s largest cruise companies like Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, who do not register their vessels in the United States, this has historically meant stops in Canada for its West Coast-based ships.

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