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Trump authorizes waiver to loosen shipping regulations for Puerto Rico

29 Setiembre 2017, 01:05 | Gervasio Siguenza

Meeting to plan for migration from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico reels, lucky few get flights to the mainland

And it's not as if the U.S. military isn't capable of launching huge humanitarian efforts in rough circumstances short of combat.

Hurricane Maria could cost Puerto Rico $45 billion to $95 billion in damage - a devastating blow to the island's already ailing economy. It's a big ocean; it's a very big ocean. Because that's not what journalists are supposed to do, so they wouldn't ever do that.

Eyewitness News tried to reach out to one Puerto Rican resident currently on the island.

That's what happens when it comes to gasoline and other fuels, said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for Oil Price Information Service.

"I'm convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket", CEO Dennis Muilenburg said last year.

There's a term of art in journalism called "burying the lead".

Problems with shoreside distribution rather than any shortage of Jones Act vessels are proving to be the major obstacle to getting relief cargoes to Puerto Rico where they are needed.

Elaine Duke, acting secretary at the Homeland Security Department, said more than 90 percent of the island now has limited accessibly and 200 gas stations are open.

Look back: This rafting event and related migration is unprecedented in its size and scope. At least 16 people were killed.

President Donald Trump granted the waiver after it was requested by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who thanked the president Thursday morning.

"The Jones Act requires that all cargo shipped to Puerto Rico is carried on ships built entirely in the United States, owned by a U.S. citizen, flying a U.S. flag, and staffed by a majority-American crew", Tanner explains.

FEMA and the U.S. Navy are making some progress delivering supplies, but with 3.5 million people in Puerto Rico, the need for help is widespread.

During a press conference held on Tuesday, President Trump defended the administration's handling of the situation by pointing out that Puerto Rico is an island and that the government can't just "drive your trucks there from other states". Eight members of Congress wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the administration to waive the law. "This has become chaotic", she said.

"We do not lack US-flagged vessel capacity to move commodities to Puerto Rico", Lapan said. The boards were dedicated to the Center for Israel Studies and to American Studies month as well as one outside the center for diversity and inclusion. Go to the agency's Hurricane Rumor Control page for the most accurate information from trusted sources. Eleven parent companies among the 50 largest recipients of federal grants and allocated tax credits are also among the top 50 recipients of state and local subsidies. Rossello appeared to warn the bondholders that the storm had made things worse.

According to Miller, Governor Edwards has arranged transportation for donations through the Louisiana National Guard.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who's been fighting to repeal the law for years, said it's "unacceptable to force" Puerto Rico to pay "twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure" as they recover from Maria.

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans.

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