January 24 2018

Trump Waives Jones Act For Puerto Rico, Lifts Restrictions On Shipping

January 24 2018, 01:48 | Van Peters

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The White House has authorized a waiver to loosen shipping rules regarding Puerto Rico that island officials say would be a significant help for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria. "People didn't have any time to restock food or get gas or water". Rosas has not heard from his mother, Rosalia, since Hurricane Maria hit the island, taking out electricity and phone lines.

What the Jones Act does: It requires that ships going from American coast to American coast be American - built, owned, flagged and crewed.

Speaking at a news briefing, Roosevelt Skerrit said that the financial institution, which is based in Washington, had already agreed to provide funding of US$64 million but he was hoping to raise this number. After hurricanes Irma and now Maria, the campus has been pushed to the limits. "It is proceeding very well", she said.

It's not possible. Residents of Texas and Florida also waited for help after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Trump had issued a temporary waiver for the shipping of petroleum on September 8, soon after the departments of Defense and Energy made recommendations to do so in response to Harvey, which hit Texas on August 25 damaging refineries and pipelines.

Ramos said she wishes more people would recognize Puerto Rico as part of the United States.

Lahm said beyond the thousands of families' homes that were destroyed, the hurricanes also damaged Puerto Ricans' livelihoods. "It's chaos, total chaos", he said. "But 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 we have a lot of ships out there right now".

Ricardo Rosselló petitioned the White House to waive the law, known as the Jones Act, to aid in shipping resources to Puerto Rico while it recovers from devastating hurricanes.

In the meantime, the administration still has $5 billion in aid in a disaster relief fund, and Congress has also approved about $7 billion more that will become available on October 1.

The waiver will guarantee the needed equipment to fix infrastructure damaged by the storm and restore emergency services, Duke said in a news release.

While he'd prefer full repeal, McCain said the exemption would help Puerto Rico.

"We can use more help", Cruz said.

"The food is here, the water is here".

Ramos said most people she encounters on campus have little idea of how bad the ongoing situation is.

Military personnel are playing a sizeable role. The overarching challenge, Rubio said, is the lack of logistics and communication between San Juan and the municipalities. Also on the way are ambulances and 100 trucks carrying diesel and gasoline fuel. Reporter Arelis Hernandez tweeted on Tuesday that she caught one of the few commercial flights out of the mainland and to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

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