Trump Administration temporarily waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico


The Trump administration approved the requests for waiver of the Jones Act for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday. The U.S. territory’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló and the Department of Defense requested the waiver.

Several  politicians including Arizona Sen. John McCain and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also requested the federal government to waive the Jones Act.

On Tuesday, Sen. McCain told the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to waive the law. Puerto Rico is currently facing a humanitarian crisis. He also asked the agency to assess the impact of a long-term waiver or full repeal of the Jones Act in the recovery efforts of Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico ravaged by hurricanes
Jose Garcia Vicente walks through the rubble of his destroyed home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Albonito, Puerto Rico. Credits: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

On the other hand, Gov. Cuomo sent a letter to Pres. Trump indicating that the condition in Puerto Rico requires emergency. He requested the President to waive the Jones Act to ensure that all Americans receive help.