McCain Renews Call To Waive Jones Act For Puerto Rico Relief

Aerial photo of flooding in the costal town of Loiza, on the north shore of Puerto Rico. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post.

Sen. John McCain in a letter Tuesday renewed his push for legislation that would waive the Jones Act, which puts trade restrictions in place that he says are stifling hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster,” McCain wrote in the letter.

“We must treat this emergency relief with urgency ― every day that business owners are unable to recover their assets and account for lost business, the economy will retreat even further into devastation,” he continued, while urging his “colleagues to support this bill and finally repeal the outdated and protectionist Jones Act.”

In the last month, the DHS waived the Jones Act twice for national security reasons. But agency has said that waiving the rule would not help in this case due to damaged ports preventing ships from docking. Read more at The Hill.




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