Pres. Trump Waives Jones Act For Puerto Rico

Laura Christensen
September 29, 2017

In a Twitter post Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had waived the law known as the Jones Act, effective immediately, at the request of Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello.

The Trump administration waives a century-old shipping law to improve the flow of aid into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The Jones Act, passed by Congress in 1920 and signed by President Woodrow Wilson, requires that all ships traveling between American ports must be USA flagged ships - even if they are not the most readily available.

However, other people were able to provide a more convincing reason why more ships weren't necessary-videos like the one below show that aid is being delivered to Puerto Rico, but their infrastructure is so devastated they can't take supplies from the port to more remote areas.

Desperate residents have waited hours in long lines for deliveries of diesel fuel to power generators and gasoline to fill empty automobile tanks.

Puerto Rico, which gets most of its fuel by ship from the USA, has been under petrol rationing since the hurricane struck.

"We can use more help", Cruz said. The move is meant to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the US territory last week.

"But we have a lot of shippers and a lot of people who work in the shipping industry who don't want the Jones Act lifted", he told reporters.

Maria leaves Caribbean, now threatens US east coast
Lee is predicted to turn southwest or west by Tuesday, but a change in strength is not expected over the next two days. This should arrive Friday and be noticeable Saturday, when high temperatures struggle to escape the 60s.

Third-year College student Victor Rodriguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico and said he has been personally affected by the destruction from Hurricane Maria.

"Our cries for justice were heard", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said, according to The Hill. Puerto Rico's unique territorial status and institutional constraints make the federal government's response very hard.

First, Hurricane Maria knocked out power and water to Puerto Rico.

The governor is forming a task force to ensure that people who are self-evacuating to MA from Puerto Rico get necessary financial, housing, health care, or job assistance.

A telephone technician tries to fix the lines in Punta Santiago, Humacao, in the east of Puerto Rico, on September 27, one week after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

President Trump is scheduled to visit the island Tuesday.

Rubio said the Trump administration is concerned about victims on the island. "Now Congress must repeal this law to aid long-term recovery". We'll update as more information becomes available. Critics like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued it had unnecessarily raised costs on Puerto Ricans in need of supplies.

"I hadn't cried at that point, but when I was on that plane and I saw cell phone signal, I just started hysterically crying-I just couldn't believe it", she says.

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