Trump Waives Pro-Union Shipping Regulations To Send Aid To Puerto Rico

Jose A. Rivera right and his brother Jose Ramon Rivera look over their destroyed plantain crops in Yabucoa Puerto Rico on Sunday. For as far as they could see every one of the 14,000 trees was down. “There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico,”

Jose A. Rivera right and his brother Jose Ramon Rivera look over their destroyed plantain crops in Yabucoa Puerto Rico on Sunday. For as far as they could see every one of the 14,000 trees was down. “There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico,”

The law was suspended in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to help ships reach Florida and Texas, but the president expressed reluctance to do the same for Puerto Rico.

Two Republican senators have introduced legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, a previously obscure law that requires that goods shipped between USA ports be carried by US -flagged vessels. "It will go into effect immediately". Kim, or someone else in the military, should have the highest decision-making power on the island for a temporary period of time.

In Washington, some politicians said the Jones Act waiver should last longer or that the law should be completely repealed.

In the first six days after the hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the Navy had deployed just two ships, citing concerns that Puerto Rico's ports were too damaged to accommodate numerous large vessels, the Post reported Thursday.

A mountain of food, water and other vital supplies has arrived in Puerto Rico's main Port of San Juan.

The White House on Thursday waived an act that was preventing foreign ships from delivering supplies to Puerto Rico, more than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated the United States territory.

The legislation, known formally as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires goods ferried to U.S. ports to be sent on ships that are built, owned and operated by Americans.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter Thursday that President Donald Trump has "authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico".

But for the people of Puerto Rico - where much of the island's infrastructure has been destroyed, leaving many homeless and without potable water - disaster relief can't come soon enough.

They have also pointed out that the US Virgin Islands, which have also been hit hard by the hurricanes which have battered the Caribbean in recent months, was given a permanent waiver in the original act.

Rubio said the Trump administration is concerned about victims on the island.

The domestic shipping industry argues the Jones Act is needed to preserve USA shipping jobs and for national security.

The $40 million in "quick release" funds is meant to restore essential traffic on Puerto Rico's roads and limit further damage, in order to facilitate long-term fix work and recovery efforts. The money was in addition to $2.5 million in emergency funds awarded to Puerto Rico after Irma, according to the department's Federal Highway Administration.

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