Published: Fri, September 29, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Gov. Rick Scott to visit Puerto Rico Thursday, offering aid

Gov. Rick Scott to visit Puerto Rico Thursday, offering aid

Earlier this week, Mr Trump sent "America's hearts and prayers" to the people in Puerto Rico and the nearby US Virgin Islands, along with his confirmation he will visit both places next week.

The act has had the unintended outcome of making it twice as expensive to ship things from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship from any other foreign port in the world, according to Arizona Republican Sen. "It will go into effect immediately", she said.

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

But it has made the price of goods in Puerto Rico more expensive than those on the U.S. mainland or other Caribbean islands.

In Washington, some politicians said the Jones Act waiver should last longer or that the law should be completely repealed.

Duke characterized the USA response in Puerto Rico as a "good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place after such a devastating hurricane". The move is meant to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the US territory last week.

The legislation, known formally as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires goods ferried to United States ports to be sent on ships that are built, owned and operated by Americans.

The Trump administration initially insisted the waiver was not needed because the U.S. had enough ships to deliver goods but an unnamed official from the Department of Homeland Security warned there was a bottleneck with unloading cargo at the island's damaged ports and getting supplies inland, as well as a shortage of diesel fuel.

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Trump on Wednesday acknowledged his administration is considering lifting the Jones Act to speed up aid to the island.

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.

"We're thinking about that", Trump said on Wednesday.

Domestic shipping companies moved approximately 9,500 containers of goods to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, including a large container ship that arrived Sunday with more than 35 million pounds of cargo, the group said. "Food and water on site".

The $40 million in "quick release" funds is meant to restore essential traffic on Puerto Rico's roads and limit further damage, in order to facilitate long-term fix work and recovery efforts.

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble", he wrote in a series of posts on Monday.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a tweet, noted that the administration "has finally waived" the Jones Act.

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