Pass Bill S1894 to Permanently Exempt Puerto Rico From The Jones Act
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Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis following the devastation of two category 4 hurricanes the second which literally destroyed what was left of its frail infrastructure, agriculture, and telecommunications structure. The people face hunger, loss of their homes, jobs, increased disease due to lack of clean water and disabled sewer systems. While the aid and assistance from the Department of Defense, FEMA, Federal, State, and local governments are increasing, the long term outlook for reconstruction looks grim. The Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act 1920, 46 U.S.C. § 883) prevents foreign ships from carrying cargo between the US mainland and noncontiguous parts of the US like Puerto Rico. Foreign ships can't stop in Puerto Rico to offload goods. Instead, goods are dropped off on the mainland and brought to the island on US flag ships. This makes everything more expensive and hamper streamlined efforts to rebuild the Island and help boost its economy. Please support and pass Bill S1894 introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and John McCain (R-Arizona) to PERMANENTLY EXEMPT PUERTO RICO from The Jones Act.
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