Trump Waives Jones Act Amid Puerto Rico's Food And Water Crisis

Posted September 29, 2017

The Jones Act will be waived "immediately", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Last night, the chairman of the American Maritime Partnership told CBS4 News, shippers were not in favor of waiving the act.

In a statement about the issues, the FDA says, "We are aware of several other instances where we may soon face critical shortages if we don't find a path for removal or ways to get production back up and running".

Some families from Puerto Rico have relocated because of the devastation Hurricane Maria has caused and the governor is offering guidelines to schools statewide in the event that displaced children enroll in local districts.

During a briefing, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) said she found the conditions "shocking" when she visited the island on Friday. "Food and water on site".

The U.S. government has periodically lifted the Jones Act for a temporary period following violent storms, including after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which hit Texas and Florida in late August and earlier this month.

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Elaine Duke, acting secretary at the Homeland Security Department, said more than 90 percent of the island now has limited accessibly and 200 gas stations are open.

But both sides of Congress urged Mr Trump to agree to lift the ban, saying it would speed up and lower the cost of the recovery.

Rihanna is one of several celebrities - including Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Marc Anthony - who are using their voice to help ravaged Puerto Rico, which is without basic necessities eight days after Hurricane Maria made landfall. We welcome more help.

"It is meant to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms", Duke said. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.

"No, I'm not satisfied because the fact is, is that we will not be satisfied until we stabilize the situation, which is why we work day in and day out, hour after hour, to try to alleviate the situation", he said. The military had delivered fuel to nine hospitals and helped establish more than 100 distribution centers for food and water on the island, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The island, located 1,150 miles off the southeastern coast of Florida, remains largely under blackout. "You have to remember that not only did Irma come through and create quite a bit of damage and destruction that we were working to fix, but Maria was. one of the strongest storms that Puerto Rico's seen since the 20's and let's face it, the infrastructure is weak and there were no building codes and so there is a lot of devastation and we understand that". 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.