Gov. signs executive order mobilizing resources for Puerto Rico

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The 1920 law requires goods shipped between USA ports to be carried on American-built vessels that are flagged to the United States and owned and operated by US crews. John McCain, R-Arizona, proposes.

"Oversight now also could help prevent a worsening of the human tragedy that is unfolding and could help ensure that the lessons our Committee identified from past federal responses are implemented by the Trump Administration". "Now Congress must repeal this law to aid long-term recovery".

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us" on the massive rebuilding effort and how it will be funded and what to do about the "tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island".

On Wednesday, the USA military swung into action, stepping up an air bridge to the island and assigning a brigadier general to coordinate the relief effort. It has, though, made life more expensive for American consumers. "It's irresponsible", she said, urging Duke to come to Puerto Rico to see for herself.

Waiving the act means much-needed goods may be able to arrive more quickly to the island.

President Donald Trump cleared the way for more supplies to reach Puerto Rico by issuing a 10-day waiver of federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo to the island.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, an Army infantry officer who served multiple tours in Iraq, is expected to take over at the island command headquarters set up in the convention center in San Juan, the capital.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief account would get a $6.7bn boost by the end of the week.

Suspending the Jones Act will not solve any of these immediate problems.

Walsh said the fund, called "Massachusetts for Puerto Rico", is aiming to raise at least $2 million to aid the devastated island commonwealth and challenged the Boston business community to step up and support it. And allowing it to buy goods cheaper and faster would be a good first start.

More than 1 million Puerto Ricans live in Florida, including almost 115,000 who live in Hillsborough County.

Trump has been slow to grasp their concerns.

Honore told National Public Radio that because of its distance from the mainland and the loss of its power grid, Puerto Rico "is a bigger and tougher mission than Katrina". On Friday, he wrote on twitter that "b$3 ig decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!"

"You have all the armchair quarterbacks shouting out a lot of criticism", Fugate said.

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