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Jones Act Temporarily Waived For Puerto Rico To Bring In Relief Supplies

Damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The crux of the Jones Act-a law passed in 1920 to protect US maritime shipping-requires all goods carried by water from one American port to another to be shipped on USA -flagged ships that were built in the United States, are owned by US citizens, and crewed by American citizens or permanent residents. Maria devastated the U.S territory of 3.4 million residents last week, wrecking the electricity grid and destroying homes and businesses.

Others are desperate to get themselves or their loved ones off the island. Cruz criticized the federal government's lackluster response, saying that she "cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island 100 miles by 35 miles long". "Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort - will end up being one of the biggest ever - will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", he said. To those who say the main problem is that Puerto Rico is an island, hard to help, one could say so is Hawaii; in the latter case, a series of islands. "Things that will at least make them feel slightly better, or less worried or anxious", he said. More than 30 deaths have been attributed to the storm across the Caribbean. "Now it's our turn to provide aid to fellow citizens in Puerto Rico".

Thankfully, her husband told me she is now being stabilized and is expected to undergo surgery soon.

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Tensions over Washington's handling of the recovery effort boiled over Friday as a tearful Cruz said at a press conference, "We are dying here" and called on President Trump to put someone in charge of the relief effort who "is up to the task of saving lives".

Republicans and Democrats had urged Mr Trump to waive a little-known federal law called the Jones Act that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between USA ports.

The act was quickly lifted to help Texas and Florida in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

"I know that leaders aren't supposed to cry. They'll clear a path", Miranda wrote.

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"That's their home", she said.

"The tweets this morning are despicable, are deplorable, are not statesman-like at all", said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat born in Puerto Rico.

Defense Department spokesperson U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis noted in a news release that "the changing scope and conditions" in Puerto Rico in light of an emerging humanitarian crisis would "transition from a short term, sea-based response to a predominantly land-based effort created to provide robust, longer term support" to FEMA's efforts there. "Also, those records show I haven't spoken with you in many months", he wrote.

In his official account on Twitter, #President Trump stressed that the #Fema and first responders did great, praising their relief efforts.

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