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PUBLIC LAW 96-000—MMMM. DD, 1979

PUBLIC LAW 96-80—OCT. 6, 1979

93 STAT. 641

Public Law 96- •80 96th Congress Joint Resolution Authorizing and requesting the President of the United States to issue a proclamation designating the seven calendar days beginning October 7, 1979, as National Port Week".

Oct. 6, 1979 [H.J. Res. 303]

Whereas United States coastal and inland ports make a direct and significant contribution to our national economic well-being; and Whereas much of the history of the United States has been shaped by its ports and interconnecting inland waterways and greatly influenced the growth of various communities; and Whereas ports, in serving United States waterbome commerce, generate significant employment and direct dollar income to the local and regional economies they serve, as well as have major impact on employment and production in areas far distant from their location; and Whereas United States ports provide a wide variety of services and activities essential to the smooth and efficient conduct of foreign trade and have a direct impact on our balance of payments; and Whereas American ports are a vital asset in maintaining a strong posture in national security: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President National Port of the United States is authorized and requested to issue a proclama- Week. tion designating the seven-day period beginning October 7, 1979, as Designation "National Port Week" and to invite the Governors of the several authorization. States, the chief officials of local governments, and the people of the United States to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Approved October 6, 1979.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 125 (1979): Sept. 20, considered and passed House. Oct. 2, considered and passed Senate.

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