Marc Anthony Tells Trump To Shut Up About NFL, Help Puerto Rico

Singer Marc Anthony Urges Trump To Help Puerto Rico

Singer Marc Anthony Urges Trump To Help Puerto Rico

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The letter, sent to Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke on Monday, calls on DHS to provide a one-year waiver of the requirements of the Marine Merchant Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, which requires that all goods shipped between waterborne ports of the United States be carried by vessels built in the country and owned and managed by Americans. "The people of Puerto Rico have always been denied the same benefits provided to other American citizens".

But the federal agency has kept the Jones Act in place after Maria hit Puerto Rico, despite pleas by several Puerto Rican members of Congress.

"We do not lack USA -flagged vessel capacity to move commodities to Puerto Rico", Homeland Security said. "We expect them to waive it", he told CNN.

Roofs ripped off houses in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria slammed into the city on September 20, 2017. "We have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the Jones Act lifted". "And that is critical". "Jones Act ships are so expensive that it doesn't make sense to buy gasoline from US refineries". We did receive a congressional letter today. But with Puerto Rico, the Department of Homeland Security said damaged island ports are the real impediment and that a waiver would do little good.

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Senior DHS officials said it's "unlikely" that a waiver would be granted Wednesday.

Rep. Nydia Velázquez, a New York Democrat who was born in Puerto Rico, also urged Trump to approve a waiver. An assessment by the DHS showed there was "sufficient capacity" of US -flagged vessels to move commodities to Puerto Rico, spokesman Gregory Moore said in a statement to Reuters and NBC News.

"The limitation is going to be port capacity to offload and transit, not vessel availability", he said. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed to Marketplace that it had no plans to waive the Jones Act restrictions at the moment.

Problems with shoreside distribution rather than any shortage of Jones Act vessels are proving to be the major obstacle to getting relief cargoes to Puerto Rico where they are needed. Cars, for example, cost about 40% more in Puerto Rico than on USA mainland, partly because of the law. It's the higher prices Puerto Ricans must pay. "Temporarily loosening these requirements-for the express objective of disaster recovery-will allow Puerto Rico to have more access to the oil needed for its power plants, food, medicines, clothing, and building supplies", they wrote in a letter to Homeland Security acting secretary Elaine Duke. They claimed they hadn't received any from senators despite McCain's letter. "Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome act". On the call, DHS officials said the request was being acted on.

Trump can help by shining a light on the crisis, perhaps with a visit (he has promised one to both Puerto Rico and the badly hit U.S. Virgin Islands).

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