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Don't Waive the Jones Act For Puerto Rico...REPEAL It

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Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, and relief efforts are difficult. Contrary to many news accounts the #JonesAct is not responsible for the relief difficulties facing the island. The problems are with distribution (insufficient trucks and truck drivers; impassible or washed out roads, etc.), not vessel availability.

However, the Jones Act is greatly responsible for the island's years-long dire economic condition.  Everything that Puerto Rico imports is more expensive than it ought to be, because of the Jones Act.  It is a century-old law that has far outlived its usefulness.

Puerto Rico's poverty rate is TWICE that of the poorest US state (think about that fact for a moment...).  There is no legitimate reason for the Jones Act to continue to apply to - and continue to harm - Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million of our fellow Americans.  It needs to be repealed with respect to Puerto Rico immediately.



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