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Trump lifts Jones Act to bolster Puerto Rico relief

The White House announced early Thursday that President Trump has agreed to waive the Jones Act, which will temporarily lift shipping restrictions on Puerto Rico and enable the hurricane-ravaged island to receive necessary aid.

The waiver from the shipping law, which requires American-made and -operated vessels to transport cargo between U.S. ports, will only last for 10 days and goes into effect immediately.

“At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter, referring to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

Lawmakers in Congress since Monday have been pushing for a one-year waiver from the rules in order to help speed up deliveries of food, fuel and other critical supplies to Puerto Rico, which has been battered by two hurricanes in the last month. Officials estimate that the island could be without power for six months.

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source: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/352822-sanders-jones-act-has-been-lifted


  • gvette

    It makes no difference what he does. The worthless left will still chastise him.

    • GomeznSA

      You got that right – anyone know if the teamsters union (the guys who are refusing to drive the trucks FULL of supplies from the ports where they are being stockpiled) is STILL ‘on strike’ – after all they ‘deserve’ a better contract……………….;-(

      • gvette

        Well sir, I was never a union person. They had a purpose a long time ago, but I think they just protect lazy worthless people now. Notice the government union is one of the strongest.

        • GomeznSA

          I was a union critter – ONCE (closed shop so I had no choice at the time). Even fdr was against having unions for public employees, at any level. Your ‘kind’ description of most of them applies to a very large majority, unfortunately.

          • gvette

            I was trying to be kind. I’ve seen so much of it government. As I’m from central NY state. I saw it every day.

        • truthseeker

          These Union people of Puerto Rico want to be paid $50 dollars an hour and feel they will get paid that, or they will just sit it out and the Gov. will blame President Trump for their problem. I would suggest that if they plan on being Nasty to our President, they may want to think twice about it.

          • gvette

            Puerto Rico is a poorly run place. One of the first things I look up, is their unfunded debt. LOL…It’s a lot. Trump is a very kind man. If I were him, I’d tell that mayor to shit in her hat! We know he won’t.

      • truthseeker

        Puerto Rico is a bad deal for America. They are heavily indebt , just like any business deal you look at how poorly a Company is doing and you make a decision to dump it . I hear Spain may be interested. If Puerto Rico becomes a State , we the taxpayer will be taxed.

  • HAWK

    When you do not have truck drivers to bring in the food and medical supplies that are already there its not Trumps fault and even if they did have more drivers most of the roads are washed out. What these winers should do is try to come up with answears to get the needed supplies to the people. These fools are just looking for ways to demean the president. They could care less about these poor people. It doesnt affect them so they could care less about those people. These so called people are like Skunks you can ignore them but the stink they emit lasts a long time.

    • GomeznSA

      One big part of the solution is to deploy combat engineers and/or Seabees – if they can build roads and other infra-structure under combat conditions they can certainly work in devastated areas. And the army also has LOTS of qualified truck drivers. Do to the union dudes who are ‘negotiating’ for a better contract what Reagan did to PATCO. I don’t have much use for unions (most are way past their expiration date) but when they are intentionally adding to the suffering of their fellow humans they need to be smacked down – hard.

      • HAWK

        That`s an easy solution when sitting in front of a T.V. Your a genius.

    • truthseeker

      They have what? 74 Mayors in Puerto Rico . Why !

  • AZcowboy

    President Trump is probably the busiest head of state throughout US history. And still the country is rolling, pretty well. After only 9 months. Incredible man indeed.

    • HAWK

      Excellent post.