Jones Act Waived for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

  • Jones Act Waived for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Jones Act Waived for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Both Republicans and Democrats urged the President to waive the 1920 Jones Act, an obscure law which requires all goods carried between United States ports to be transferred on U.S. ships, saying it could help get desperately needed aid to the island after it was battered by Hurricane Maria.

"Pence touted the White House's efforts on Thursday during an address in Detroit".

Republicans and Democrats had urged Mr Trump to waive a little-known federal law called the Jones Act that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between U.S. ports.

Radamez Montanez, a building administrator from the municipality of Carolina, east of capital city San Juan, said he had been without water and electricity at home since Hurricane Irma grazed the island two weeks before Maria. "Our focus is not necessarily restoring energy".

John McCain has said that the Jones Act makes it twice as expensive to ship goods from the mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship them from foreign ports, a burden that the University of Puerto Rico has estimated costs the island $537 million a year.

President Trump will be visiting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on October 3.

"The electrical grid and other infrastructure were already in very, very poor shape, they were at their life's end prior to the hurricanes, and now virtually everything has been wiped out", Trump said.

Here's a brief guide to the law, what it does, and why Puerto Rico wanted it waived.

President Donald Trump says he hadn't heard his acting homeland security secretary's much-criticized remark that the federal relief effort in Puerto Rico is a "good news story". Trump said in an early morning Tweet.

When asked about running for the Senate in 2018, Governor Scott said "I've got an existing job, that's in 2018, this is 2017". "Millions of American citizens residing in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are facing massive calamities-including widespread disease and death-and we need to help them now".

The president on Friday attempted to explain why aid has been impeded on the island, blaming geography and the island's large debt. CBS News' David Begnaud traveled to Aguadilla, which was one of the hardest-hit towns on the western tip of Puerto Rico. Up in the mountains, people wait "in line for non-potable water that had been sitting stagnant in municipal tanks for days", NPR's Camila Domonoske, who's reporting from Puerto Rico, told the NewsHour. A government assessment determined that there was no need for the waiver, as Puerto Rico's ports were too damaged to handle increased imports.

Gray says most of their windows are still boarded up because they want to save as much power as possible.