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Trump Lifts Shipping Law for Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico

Jones Act suspended in an effort to aid Puerto Rico

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Maria Koliopoulos, Graphics Editor

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The Jones Act, a federal law that limits shipping by foreign vessels in the United States to preserve the interests of American shipbuilders, has has been lifted for 10 days.

The act coincidentally makes shipping directly from the United States to Puerto Rico twice as expensive as it would be to ship supplies from any other port in the world.

Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, specifically requested a lift on the law in an effort to get equipment and supplies to Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

The Act had been recently and swiftly lifted for the recovery efforts in Texas and Florida following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, supposedly due to a requested waiver from the United States Department of Defense on Behalf of those states, which hadn’t been submitted for Puerto Rico yet.

President Trump hesitated in suspending the law, claiming that a “lot of shippers” were not keen on the idea.

Under the precedent that lifting the law is in the interest of self-defense, President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security have deemed the lift into immediate effect.

The ten day suspension is subject to extension depending upon the headway made due to the guaranteed supplies being shipped.

Maria Koliopoulos

Maria became a member of The Flightline in January of 2016. She is a senior this year involved in show choir at Skutt Catholic and is probably climbing a tree or drawing outside of school. You can email her at [email protected]

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