1920's "JONES ACT," Out dated Law removed from Puerto Rico.

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The island of Puerto Rico is devastated, with millions lacking power, infrastructure destroyed, homes damaged, and an entire year’s worth of agricultural output essentially ruined. Like any disaster-struck place, it will be in need of supplies brought it from elsewhere in the country.

But getting goods from the US mainland to Puerto Rico is much more expensive than sending them to Texas or even to other Caribbean islands as a result of a century-old man-made disaster that’s been crippling the island’s economy for a long time.

Meet the Jones Act, an obscure 1920 regulation that requires that goods shipped from one American port to another be transported on a ship that is American-built, American-owned, and crewed by US citizens or permanent.  An out dated Law.               This Law was implemented 1920's, because of war.  At this point and time the USA is no longer at war.  This Law has devastated the economy, import a export of products, produce, not to mention the debt that Puerto Rico currently owes the USA.  If this law is abolished, Puerto Rico will be able to trade with other countries, the economy will improve, the people will once again begin to cultivate the land and be more productive to the economy.  Avocados for example, which come from other countries, would come from the island. Which would be cheaper and fresh. That is just one of the many fruits, vegatables and other produce that Puerto Rico has to offer.  So I ask that you take into consideration this plea for the People, who have endured and suffered enough. Abolish " The Jones Act," so that Puerto Rico and the people can recover.  Thank you for your support.               Juanita Santos



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