Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

BGE Helps Employee's Family Affected By Hurricane Maria In Puerto Rico

BGE Helps Employee's Family Affected By Hurricane Maria In Puerto Rico

Critics of the law say it makes any shipment from the United States mainland to Puerto Rico 30 percent more expensive than it would be from a foreign port.

The U.S. government has waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, lifting trade restrictions on foreign ships that are providing aid to the hurricane-ravaged island, while at the same time making evacuees sign a promise to pay their airfare in full, according to Market Watch.

On Thursday morning, the Trump administration and DHS announced that a waiver to the Jones Act, which was blocking foreign-flagged vessels from shipping relief supplies to Puerto Rico, had been issued.

Republicans and Democrats had pushed Trump to waive the Jones Act, a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between US ports. The law was meant to strengthen the USA shipping industry. Puerto Ricans have long argued the Jones Act makes food and everything else on the island more expensive than it is on the mainland. (The island relies on just four USA carriers for most of its imports.) And once past the immediate crisis, it could make reconstruction more hard by adding to the price of supplies.

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that "we're thinking" about lifting the law, but added that a "lot of shippers" didn't want it lifted. In deference to this fact, the Trump administration waived the Jones Act for Houston after Harvey and Florida after Irma.

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The delivery of relief supplies has been hampered by roads rendered impassable by fallen trees or flooding.

Nearly a week and a half after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, about half of the island's 3.4 million residents still lack access to clean drinking water, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, while 95 percent remain without power. After those 10 days, the Jones Act will kick back in and the island will again have to be paying much more for imports of goods than it should.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who is leading the Hurricane Maria response, defended the administration's handling of the crisis Thursday saying she is "very satisfied" with the federal government's recovery role.

"We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this awful disaster".

McCain tweeted his support for the act getting lifted.

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