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Orlando Congressman calls for more federal aid for Puerto Rico

Orlando Congressman calls for more federal aid for Puerto Rico

Under the Act, for a ship to be allowed cabotage, or transportation of goods and people between two harbors in the same country, it has to satisfy all three of these conditions: be USA built, U.S. owned, and US-flag-carrying (which means the ship is registered as American). If a foreign ship unloads in Puerto Rico, it must pay high tariffs, taxes and fees, costs which get passed along to consumers. However, Gregory Moore, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, told Reuters via statement that "the situation in Puerto Rico is much different". Nydia Velazquez of New York, Luis Gutierrez of IL and Jose Serrano of New York. The Federal Reserve Bank of NY found that the Jones Act hurts the Puerto Rican economy, and two Republicans, Senator John McCain of Arizona and Representative Gary Palmer of Alabama, have submitted bills to repeal or suspend the law.

"These emergency waivers have been valuable to speed up recovery efforts in the impacted regions", Sen.

"Everybody has said it's awesome the job that we've done in Puerto Rico", Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference.

The Jones Act was put in place after World War II, when the threat of German U-boats (which sunk nearly 5,000 ships during the war) was still fresh. Homeland did not immediately return a request for comment on the McCain letter.

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Officials argue the island's problem isn't a shortage of ships - it's a dearth of intact ports to receive them. He said Puerto Rico has been "literally destroyed" but expressed confidence that "they'll be back". He could also extend the waiver for Puerto Rico on the antiquated Jones Act, which raises the cost for shipping goods from the mainland.

"Well, we're thinking about that", the president said. "We have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the Jones Act lifted". Right now we have enough fuel. In the brief time the mother and daughter were able to be in touch, her mother texted a photo of a message someone had painted in an intersection near her home in San Germán, in southwest Puerto Rico.

"I'm no Trump fan, but at this point I don't have anything negative to say about what we've seen so far", said Soto-Class, whose think tank plans to lobby Congress so Puerto Rico gets the maximum funds available to rebuild after Maria. "We are double-checking to make sure it isn't true", Duke said. Even before the winds and waves of hurricanes Irma and Maria began to lash its shores, Puerto Rico was in dire shape.

The president's rosy assessment came amid mounting criticism that he has appeared far less engaged in the recovery efforts of a USA territory with a long history of unequal treatment than for those in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes in those states.

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A week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, most of its residents remain without power, access to clean water and little to no food.

NBC reached out to DHS to clarify the status of a potential waiver for the Jones Act and what constitutes a formal request, but DHS has not yet responded.

"We are considering the underlying issues and are evaluating whether a waiver should be issued", said a senior Homeland Security official, who spoke to reporters on the grounds of anonymity. John McCain (R, Ariz.) criticized the department for waiving the Jones Act in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma and not for Puerto Rico.

The Daily Beast published an article titled "Puerto Rico has become Trump's Katrina".

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Seven House Democrats, led by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez of NY, also sent a letter to acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke on Tuesday urging a waiver and requesting Puerto Rico be exempted from requirements that local resources match federal funds expended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


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