Donald Trump Refuses To Waive Law That Could Speed-Up Puerto Rico's Recovery

President Donald Trump refuses to waive the Jones Act, a law he waived in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey according to Reuters.

President Donald Trump refuses to waive the Jones Act, a law he waived in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey according to Reuters.

The Trump administration on Tuesday denied a request to waive shipping restrictions to help get fuel and supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, saying it would do nothing to address the island’s main impediment to shipping, damaged ports. The Jones Act limits shipping between coasts to U.S. flagged vessels. However, in the wake of brutal storms, the government has occasionally issued temporary waivers to allow the use of cheaper, tax free, or more readily available foreign flagged ships.

The Department of Homeland Security, which waived the act after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, did not agree an exemption would help this time.

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