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Trump Waives Jones Act Shipping Restrictions for Puerto Rico

04 Octubre 2017

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President Donald Trump waived the shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico on Thursday that the island's governor has said complicate and raise the price of hurricane relief.

The Pentagon, which has troops working on disaster relief in Texas and Florida, promised to boost the number of troops in Puerto Rico from the current 2,500 to as many as 5,000 in the next several days. "We will make it with or without you, because what stands behind me is all due to the generosity of other people", she said. Increasingly desperate and with a daughter with Down syndrome to support, he had already decided to move to Louisiana to stay with relatives. "And we're doing a really good job". Clean water and food are also running dangerously low. But people in nearby neighborhoods complained that they weren't told about the aid. "So today I needed to get some medicine for one of my uncles, so that will take me a little bit, and my brother [waited] seven hours [in] line for gas yesterday, so my mother could get that medicine today".

Those who made it, however, were grateful. "Food and water on site", he wrote. "We didn't dare", she said. "I think we should listen to him".

Senior DHS officials said Wednesday that the department has not received any formal requests to waive the Jones Act, although they acknowledged receiving the request from the group of House lawmakers. At the same time, the Peterson Institute for International Economics estimates that past gains from U.S. trade and liberalization of investment range from $9,270 to $16,842 per household.

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Jones Act Waived for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

As government officials work to rebuild water systems throughout the island, the water situation has become dire with each passing day. Islanders have no voice in Washington: no voting member of Congress and thus no electoral college representation to elect the President. Maria is the kind of event that climate change experts have long warned would endanger coastal areas as the planet warms. "Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome Act".

Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said on Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide.

Puerto Rico was recently hit by Hurricane Maria when it was a category 4 hurricane, making it the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928. Nearly 85 percent of the island has no cell-phone coverage. He tweeted that relief supplies are getting through. In San Juan, the news that a laundromat had reopened cheered some, as did the news that some buses and the rideshare service Uber would be back online in San Juan. The Jones Act may be waived, though, if certain conditions are met by statute, including when "necessary in the interest of national defense".

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump cited Rossello, who had just told CNN, "The administration has responded to our petitions", as evidence he and his administration "delivered" for the island. See the full interview with Cruz below. The ocean water, big ocean, with fishies and water and turtles that bite. "It's not reaching the neighborhood", he said.

Jose Luis Cedeno, a spokesman for the board, said "all options are on the table".

Trump Waives Jones Act Shipping Restrictions for Puerto Rico