Trump waives shipping restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico

Men walk damaged trees after the passage of Hurricane Maria in San Juan Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 2017

"Just to get out of there is a nightmare".

They said this was different than the situation facing the southeastern U.S. after Hurricane Harvey. Five companies appear on both federal lists and the state/local list: Boeing, Ford Motor, General Electric, General Motors and JPMorgan Chase.

"Puerto Rico's weak infrastructure will make it difficult to provide the aid that it desperately needs", NPR reported on Sept. 22.

The US Air Force is also sending additional aircraft to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to ramp up the volume of daily relief missions.

Among those leading the charge for the waiver, to nobody's great surprise, is long time Jones Act critic Senator John McCain.

McCain tweeted Wednesday that a Jones Act waiver request had been denied by DHS, but that claim was disputed by the senior DHS officials. He made a list of the names of the strangers waiting with him. The Trump administration will waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, The White House announced on Thursday. Nydia Velazquez of New York, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Jose Serrano of New York. But the advent of plastics has created structures capable of surviving the open ocean for decades. It can take a while for a population to reach a noticeable size, says Carlton.

Stephen Hawking, one of the most famous and venerable cosmologists of all time, said earlier this year that humans need to settle extraterrestrial colonies - warning the human species could face extinction within the next 100 years thanks to climate change or disease. Eight members of Congress wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the administration to waive the law.

But is there any merit to the claim that the Trump administration has been insufficiently attentive to the crisis in Puerto Rico. Right now, the main problem is diesel distribution.

The Jones Act, enacted after World War I, requires that ships traveling from one U.S. port to another must be American-flagged vessels with U.S. crews.

It was named for its sponsor Sen. Fifty nine of 69 hospitals are operational with unknown status.

From Florida to Massachusetts, Puerto Ricans on the U.S. mainland are scrambling to help relatives on the hurricane-battered island leave at the earliest opportunity. As he was departing for Indiana, a reporter asked Mr. Trump why the Jones Act had not been waived for Puerto Rico, as it had been for Texas. Electricity is out for virtually the entire island, and may not be restored in some places for months.

Kim arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday along with a cargo jet carrying dozens of people and equipment to set up a headquarters, according to the military's U.S. Northern Command. But in some cases it took the federal government days to even contact local leaders in Puerto Rico's major cities, let alone deploy aid.

The San Juan airport, by far the largest on the island, is barely functioning. He is a frequent contributor to The Dallas Morning News. Large numbers of generators are now on Island. Puerto Rico was included under that waiver for refined petroleum products.

According to Bossert, plenty of supplies were provided to the island. Christian Mendoza said the car wash where he works hasn't re-opened so he has been selling bottled water, even without refrigeration. Rossello appeared to warn the bondholders that the storm had made things worse.


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