Repeal the Jones Act
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Repeal the Merchant Marine Act of 1920
The people of Puerto Rico are in need of resources to help rebuild its infrastructure but the cost of supplies and the access to direct supplies are being strained with time and financially consuming rules. Congress enacted the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (The Jones Act). Part of this law decreed that only American ships could carry goods and passengers from one US port to another. So, foreign vessels must pay tariffs, fees and taxes which is absorbed by the consumer, which is Puerto Rico. And the remedy to avoid this is to reroute foreign cargo through Jacksonville Florida but once again the consumer, Puerto Rico, absorb the cost of labor which both the Foreign and American vessels absorb. Relief from the Jones Act will help Puerto Rico's economic growth and world shipping industry.
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