Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978

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Author: Jimmy Carter  | Date: November 4, 1978

Veto of Bill Concerning Shipping Rebating Laws
Memorandum of Disapproval of H.R. 9518.
November 4, 1978

MEMORANDUM OF DISAPPROVAL

I have decided not to sign into law H.R. 9518. This legislation, which would impose severe enforcement measures in the area of ocean shipping rebating, reflects concern with the possible disparity in enforcement of our anti-rebating laws against US-flag carriers but not against foreign flag operators. I share that concern, and any disparity that exists must be eliminated.

The United States is currently engaged in important discussions with several European .countries and Japan in an attempt to reach cooperative agreements involving a number of shipping problems, including rebating. Rather than taking immediate unilateral action undermining these efforts, I have directed the Secretary of State, in cooperation with the Federal Maritime Commission and other agencies to pursue these talks vigorously and to report to me on their progress. I am also directing the Administration’s Maritime Policy Task Force to provide, by an early date, a set of recommendations that willaddress both the substance of our rebating laws as well as procedures for enforcement, taking into account the inherently international character of ocean shipping.

In the interim, I am asking the Federal Maritime Commission to step up its enforcement efforts against illegal rebating under the authority now provided in the Shipping Act of 1916. The Administration is committed to assist the FMC in these efforts, and I urge the FMC to seek the assistance of the Department of State in obtaining any necessary cooperation from foreign governments.

Although I am withholding my signature on H.R. 9518 I believe the bill represents an important signal to foreign countries that we must work together to secure a cooperative shipping regime. I commit my Administration to work with the next Congress to develop a comprehensive maritime policy for the United States, in which the concerns reflected by this bill as well as broader policy issues can be fully addressed.
JIMMY CARTER

The White House,

November 4, 1978.

NOTE: The text of the memorandum of disapproval was released on November 5.

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Chicago: Jimmy Carter, "Veto of Bill Concerning Shipping Rebating Laws Memorandum of Disapproval of H.R. 9518.," Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2303 1963. Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DB7RB64HP5A1R32.

MLA: Carter, Jimmy. "Veto of Bill Concerning Shipping Rebating Laws Memorandum of Disapproval of H.R. 9518." Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2303, page 1963. Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DB7RB64HP5A1R32.

Harvard: Carter, J, 'Veto of Bill Concerning Shipping Rebating Laws Memorandum of Disapproval of H.R. 9518.' in Public Papers of Jimmy Carter, 1978. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 1978 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2303, pp.1963. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DB7RB64HP5A1R32.