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Sending our love to the lovely island of Puerto Rico
29 September 2017, 12:22 | Tara Lloyd
Editorial: Repeal the Jones Act to speed assistance to Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Wednesday he expected the federal government to waive the Jones Act, which would lift restrictions on ships that can provide aid to the island devastated by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico is 1,000 miles from Miami, while countries like the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are closer.
The conference was held amid growing criticism that Trump had not mentioned Puerto Rico or the USVI for several days.
Rossello also noted that he has been speaking with members of Congress from both parties in order to achieve a seven-day waiver.
The request is to waive restrictions under the Jones Act, which restricts shipping of goods between USA coasts to us -flagged vessels (as opposed to foreign-flagged vessels).
According to CNN, half of the residents do not have running water and accessible food is quickly becoming scarce. "And we have a lot of ships out there right now".
President Donald Trump lifted USA shipping restrictions on storm-battered Puerto Rico Thursday, September 28, removing a legal obstacle blamed for slowing the disaster relief response to Hurricane Maria, the White House said.
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