Support McCain and Lee Bill to Permanently Exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act
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The Jones Act (the Merchant Marine Act of 1920) is an outdated protectionist measure that bars foreign vessels from shipping goods between U.S. coasts. For islands such as Hawaii and Puerto Rico, this means much higher costs for basic necessities such as food and fuel, and decreased competitiveness.
The effects are well-documented (see below), and only disputed by the US shipping lobby.
On 9/28/17, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, to aid recovery efforts in the wake of the unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth.
The ten-day waiver issued by the Trump administration is too little too late, and remains grossly inadequate to aid Puerto Rico's long-term recovery. The Jones Act's continued existence defies economic logic. Support McCain and Lee's bill - it's a necessary step to improving Puerto Rico's long-term prospects.
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