After initially refusing to do so, President Trump has no authorized a waiver of the Jones Act. This will allow aid to get to Puerto Rico faster than it has been since the island was struck by Hurricane Maria.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act was passed after World War I in an effort to protect the US maritime industry from foreign competition by requiring that only US ships — built, staffed, and owned by Americans — carry goods between domestic ports.
President Donald Trump took action Thursday, waiving the act temporarily for Puerto Rico at the request of its governor. The White House said the waiver could take effect immediately.
It should be noted that the Trump administration had waived the Jones Act requirements for Florida prior to the state being hit by Hurricane Irma.The situation remains dire in Puerto Rico with supplies reportedly reaching residents there in an agonizingly slow fashion.