The Trump administration has issued a notice, according to which the government will waive all federal restrictions on foreign ship transportation to Puerto Rico that has been hit by the hurricane.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary, announced on Twitter that President Donald Trump has already authorized the Jones Act to be waived for Puerto Rico. The announcement came after the governor requested from the President the waive and it was granted almost immediately. The announcement was made a week after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the US territory was running low on supplies including power and fuel.
Democrats and Republicans had requested President Trump to waive the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal law that does not allow foreign ships to ship goods between US ports. The waiving of the act will allow better movement of supplies to the islands affected by the hurricane and will be done at a much lower cost.
Previously the request was denied citing that the US had enough ships to ferry the goods to Puerto Rico. But, after taking another look, the administration decided to lift the Jones Act. Previously the President said that they had enough shippers and lot of people working in the shipping industry that does not want the Jones Act to be waived for now.
Homeland Security Secretary, Elaine Duke had also waived the law at the start of the month to help ease the movement of fuel to the Southeast parts after those were hit by hurricane Harvey and Irma.