Puerto Rico Teacher Eager To Get Back To School After Hurricane Maria

Nichole Vega
September 29, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration said Thursday that it would immediately make the emergency relief funds available to the US territory to help restore service on roads and bridges badly damaged by the storm.

The Jones Act, passed by Congress in 1920 and signed by President Woodrow Wilson, requires that all ships traveling between American ports must be US flagged ships - even if they are not the most readily available. "It will go into effect immediately", she said.

A week on from the disaster, at least 97 per cent of the island is believed to still be without power and around half of residents do not have running water.

"The largest bottleneck is not getting goods to the island, but delivering goods once they arrive", Mr Allegretti added.

"Now Congress must repeal this law to aid long-term recovery", McCain wrote.

Shipping containers have been piling up at Puerto Rico's ports in the aftermath of Maria, which struck on September 20, causing widespread flooding and major damage to homes, roads and other infrastructure.

The Trump administration has already rushed military hardware and personnel to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as the scale of the damage has come clear, along with the inadequacy of the federal response.

Rihanna has urged United States president Donald Trump to offer more help to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

The Jones Act is a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between USA ports.

President Donald Trump has waived the "Jones Act" which restricts shipping to Puerto Rico as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.

The Department of Homeland Security had said as recently as Monday that the law would not be suspended.

The domestic shipping industry argues the Jones Act is needed to preserve US shipping jobs and for national security.

"It is meant to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms", Duke said.

In Washington, the Transportation Department on Thursday made $40 million in "quick release" Emergency Relief funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Maria throughout Puerto Rico.

"Really our biggest challenge has been the logistical assets to try to get some of the food and some of the water to different areas of Puerto Rico", Rossello said interview with MSNBC on Thursday.

As the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico spirals, Sen.

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