CHC Members Decry Trump's 10-Day Shipping Waiver

Yesterday, we reported that the Trump administration would suspend the Jones Act allowing goods to get to the millions of people in Puerto Rico. Well, the Act is only suspended for 10 days, and lawmakers say that’s not enough while people are facing widespread food, water, and first aid shortages after Hurricane Maria. “10 days is nothing,” Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) told reporters Thursday. “The ships have to get in there from the closest port, in the least expensive [way.] Shit doesn’t come from China to Puerto Rico. ... Just about everything has been brought in from a port in the United States,” he added. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) echoed those sentiments, saying that given the devastation of the island, 10 days is hardly sufficient.  More here.

Tiffany D. Cross