GOP bill aims to give Puerto Rico more help

Trump waives cargo restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico

The act has had the unintended outcome of making it twice as expensive to ship things from the United States mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship from any other foreign port in the world, according to Arizona Republican Sen.

Trump mulls waiving law that ties up relief efforts in P.R.

Some families from Puerto Rico have relocated because of the devastation Hurricane Maria has caused and the governor is offering guidelines to schools statewide in the event that displaced children enroll in local districts.

While he'd prefer full repeal, McCain said the exemption would help Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, had said Wednesday that he expected the waiver, which suspends a 1920 law requiring that only American-flagged vessels be used for shipments between two USA ports.

She and adviser Tom Bossert blamed the media for the impression that the administration responded too slowly to the September 20 storm, which knocked out almost all power. The entire island is in a communications and power blackout, Washingon Post reporters there say: "Estimates for the return of electricity and basic services will be measured not in days but in weeks and months". Meanwhile, area clergy urged Scott to lobby federal officials to lift restrictions on religious groups being able to help deliver urgently needed relief supplies.

The presenter of the video said the hospital she was in had "no water, no cash", and added that "the hospital is completely full with no generators, so they have open windows".

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If temporarily lifting the act would speed up supplies to Puerto Rico, the Trump administration should not waste any more time. Now foreign-flagged vessels also will be able to move shipments from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico and between ports there.

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

Trump made the decision at the request of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, she said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter Thursday that President Donald Trump has "authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico". It will go into effect immediately.

The decision to forgo the act came after critics blasted Washington for not immediately lifting the obscure and almost 100-year-old law that requires all goods ferried between US ports to be carried on ships built, owned and operated by Americans.

The domestic shipping industry argues the Jones Act is needed to preserve USA shipping jobs and for national security.

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