McCain introduces bill to kill Puerto Rico shipping restrictions


In a CNBC phone interview earlier Thursday, Rossello said Puerto Rico's power grid is destroyed, leaving virtually the entire island in the dark.

Scenes of a devastated Puerto Rico are continuing to pour in as the island seeks assistance in recovering from Hurricane Maria, which made landfall September 20.

Hurricane Maria could cost Puerto Rico $45 billion to $95 billion in damage - a devastating blow to the island's already ailing economy. The World War I-era law prevented foreign-owned ships from delivering their goods for days, leaving Puerto Rico without enough food, water, and fuel.

Rossello said the administration has been responding to his requests.

Federal aid has been slow to arrive to Puerto Rico, and Governor Ricardo Rosselló has openly pleaded for further aid. The governor retweeted her post with a "Thank you @POTUS" - referring to Trump's official Twitter handle.

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said 10,000 government workers, including more than 7,000 soldiers, were helping Puerto Rico recover.

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This was the first action that Jones has seen since the Green Bay Packers selected him in the fifth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft. While it's a very small sample size, it did give the coaches a feeling for what he could do over the next few weeks.

We've seen the videos of shipping containers sitting at the port on the island. Even so, the Trump administration has been playing up its response to the storm and the president blamed the media for treating him unfairly.

Trump said he will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday, citing "massive efforts" on the part of the aid recovery and defending his administration's response to hurricane relief. He will be the Pentagon's main liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States government's lead agency on the island, and focus on aid distribution, the Pentagon said in a statement. "Food and water on site". In May, it filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in USA history. "That just shows right there the type of guys we have in the room, and I really appreciate that". And reviews on the ground in Puerto Rico have been mixed.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke told reporters outside the White House Thursday that food, water and fuel shortages on the USA island are "the fault of the hurricane" and that "the relief effort is under control". And the National Football League will match donations of up to $50,000 to the Miami and Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Campaign of Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso. Only a limited number of hospitals have power or are relying on generators, exacerbating the crisis.

Whether on the ground in P.R. or rallying support and supplies on the mainland, people have been donating money, time, and talent to help the people of Puerto Rico. Today's news that the US government is going to temporarily relax restrictions on shipping means that much-needed aid will be allowed to reach the island.

The White House was under pressure to waive the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico, as it had for Texas and Florida in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.