Josh Hawley, R-Mo., that cruise lines should come back to America and pay their taxes.
"While many of these companies are US-owned and listed, they choose to sail under the flags of the Bahamas, Panama and other nations to avoid hiring Americans, paying reasonable wages and following our work and environmental standards", the group said.
Although the cruise lines won't get help from the bill signed Friday, their US -based employees who lose their jobs could be eligible for expanded unemployment benefits of $600 a week on top of state benefits through July 31, and an extra 13 weeks of state benefits.
A key sticking point for the cruise companies is that while they are based in the US, they are incorporated overseas.
But the threat of COVID-19 across the world, and particularly in the United States, seems to be unyielding, and the company has extended its cruise resumption date to more than a month from its original target.
This tactic, according to a report from The Washington Post, is done largely to avoid paying American corporate taxes and following American labor laws. That restriction would likely exclude companies such as Carnival Corp., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
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"It's very hard to make a loan to a company when they are based in a different country", Trump said.
The cruise lines could still get a lifeline from taxpayers.
"We are grateful that they will receive support as a result of this bill", she said. Getting a loan guarantee would be helpful, Carnival chief executive Arnold Donald said recently on HBO.
In addition, Royal Caribbean said it has "over $3.6 billion of liquidity comprised of cash deposits and its existing undrawn revolving credit facilities" and had already committed financing for all of its new ships on order.
"Look, it's a big business, it's a great business", Trump said. "[Cruise companies] have thousands and thousands of people who work there". "We continue to take decisive steps to protect the company's financial and liquidity positions as they allow us to stay focused on our guests, our crew and our long-term plans".
The Cruise Lines International Association, the industry's trade group, acknowledged they would be left high and dry. "CLIA and our members agree that the most important stimulus the government can provide on behalf of the wider cruise community in the United States is help for small- and medium-sized businesses, including a vast network of travel agencies, tour operators and suppliers, with a presence in all 50 states", CLIA spokeswoman Bari Golin-Blaugrund wrote in an email. "So we are going to work very hard on the cruise line business, and we are going to try and work something out".