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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

People wait in line to get a flight out of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport as they try to return home or escape the conditions after Hurricane Maria in San Juan 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".

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McCain wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking to to analyze how a long-term waiver or repeal of the Jones Act would affect the nation.

Rosselló and other Puerto Rican officials have since applauded the response of the Trump administration.

Getting the power back on is a critical need for an island with tropical heat. "They said it was horrifying what they went through".

If you have supplies you'd like to donate, but don't know of a drive in your local area, visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to donate.

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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Facebook (FB) is dispatching employees to Puerto Rico to help restore telecommunications services on the hurricane-battered island, as well as contributing funds to the recovery effort.

United Airlines says anyone who needs a flight from Chicago to their final destination will ride for free.

"It definitely does create some logistical challenges", Montano says.

It kinda makes you think we should have just elected Hillary Clinton in the first place.

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