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Hurricane

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Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security

Deploy 50,000 Federal Troops to Aid in Puerto Rico's Recovery Efforts

Hurricane Maria ripped roads apart, uprooted trees, pulled walls and metal roofs off homes, and devastated the ailing island of Puerto Rico. We've all seen the images of the aftermath, but the real story is now about survival. Ten days after the storm hit, millions need to survive deteriorating conditions. In storm-battered neighborhoods across Puerto Rico, aid hasn't come quickly enough and hasn't been sustained. Puerto Ricans are dying. Americans are dying. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, credited with turning around the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, weighed in on the crisis, “Puerto Rico is a bigger and tougher mission than Katrina, and we had 20,000 federal troops, 20 ships, and 40,000 National Guard.” The island’s most pressing needs include fuel to run hospitals or potable water to drink. Honoré says, “You need at least 50 to 80 helicopters in there.” In contrast, only 4,400 federal troops have been deployed to Puerto Rico as of September 29th. The 3-star general appointed to the crisis, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, says there are not enough troops and vehicles sent to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. President Trump, deploy 50,000 federal troops to the island and 80 helicopters to distribute fuel, water, and emergency supplies. Give our troops the resources they need to be successful in Puerto Rico. Help them save millions of American lives. To be clear. The Trump administration has not stepped up yet, which is reminiscent of the days following Katrina — 10,000 federal workers is not enough. Puerto Rico was destroyed, and the effects are on a larger scale than Katrina. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on September 29th urged Trump to ramp up the federal assistance. "This is, damn it, this is not a good news story. This is a ‘people are dying’ story. This is a ‘life or death’ story. This is ‘there’s a truckload of stuff that cannot be taken to people’ story. This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen.” No more excuses about it being 1,200 miles away from the mainland. What matters most is how you respond in the days to come. The ball is in your court, Mr. President. We're asking for you to do more. Not just today, but tomorrow, and the next day until we fix this together. Puerto Ricans are not them or they — we're Americans who need help.

Juan Carlos
71,410 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, President of the United States, Kenneth Mapp, Puerto Rico State Senate, Virgin Islands State Senate, Virgin Islands State House, Stacey Plaskett, Puerto Rico State House, Puerto Rico Governor, Ricardo Rossello Nevares, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, Charles Schumer, Wall Street Journal, John McCain

Repeal The Jones Act to help rebuild and help US Territories stabilize

The Jones Act— the Merchant Marine Act of 1920—has had TERRIBLE financial impacts on trade to US Territories and many other port cities and islands within the United States and its territories. The Jones Act requires that all ships traveling between U.S. ports be made, owned, and crewed by Americans. So a ship from another country, or whose owners are from another country, cannot travel from port to port within the United States delivering or picking up goods.  Fortunately the Department of Homeland Security has recognized this problem and has waived the Jones Act for fuel shipping for the time being. But given the tremendous amount of devastation US Territories in the Caribbean face, the costs that are going to be involved in recovering, and the already poor financial state of the island, there has never been a better time to dump the Jones Act entirely. The Jones Act exists to boost the American shipping industry. It has long contributed to the dramatic costs of shipping to Puerto Rico. A New York Fed report from 2012 shows that it costs twice as much to ship something from a port in the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico as it does to ship to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic nearby. There are only a handful of Jones Act–compliant options, and that lack of competition allows U.S. shippers to charge much higher prices. People who think the government should intervene to stop price-gouging during a disaster should know the Jones Act practically facilitates it and makes recovery all the more expensive.  During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the government...refused to issue Jones Act waivers so foreign vessels could aid in the cleanup and containment. Despite several offers for foreign assistance during an ongoing ecological disaster, the government cited the Jones Act to justify turning them away. Many suspect that the Obama administration was reluctant to go against the pro-Jones Act labor unions (tr. every labor union) he needed to cement his re-election. It's not a leap to say that such cronyism may have delayed the eventual resolution of the spill. In response to US Territories in the Caribbean's current crisis, its rules should be waived for all shipping to US Territories in the Caribbean for the foreseeable future, not just for shipping fuel. "You're looking at a clear and avoidable economic burden being placed on the US Territories in the Caribbean" .   REPEAL AND ALLOW THE REBUILDING OF US TERRITORIES NOW!!! PLEASE SIGN AND TRANSMIT TO OTHERS!!!!

Thorexec M
14 supporters