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Biden Admin Working on Jones Act Waiver to Help Puerto Rico

The Biden administration said Tuesday it is working to get a waiver to bypass the Jones Act to support Hurricane Fiona relief in Puerto Rico. A ship off the southern coast of Puerto Rico is reportedly prepared to deliver 300,000 barrels of diesel to the residents but is halted due to the Jones Act. Keep reading to learn more about this act, what it means for Puerto Rico residents, and more.

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 Biden Admin Working on Jones Act Waiver to Help Puerto Rico
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    What Does This Act Do?

    The Jones Act was passed in 1920 to protect U.S. shipping companies from competition. It prevents foreign vessels from carrying goods between American ports. Islands like Puerto Rico and Hawaii constantly feel repercussions from this act as consumers are forced to pay high prices.

    Biden faces pressure to waive restriction as ship idles off Puerto Rico coast

    Biden faces pressure to waive restriction as ship idles off Puerto Rico coast

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    The Washington Post - By Toluse Olorunnipa, Jeff Stein

    President Biden faced growing pressure Monday to grant a federal waiver and allow a BP ship loaded with diesel fuel to access a port in Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands of hurricane-ravaged Americans remain without power. Because the ship is not U.S.-owned, it has been idling off the …

    Rep. Torres Calls on Biden to Bypass the Jones Act

    With an island of residents urgently needing relief after the hurricane, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) called on the Biden administration to bypass the Jones Act and issue an emergency waiver so the ship can deliver diesel to Puerto Rico.

    Biden Admin Working on Waiver

    FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell responded later Tuesday, saying the Biden administration is working on getting the waiver.

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