President Trump Waives Jones Act, Enables Rescue Shipments For Puerto Rico

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President Trump ordered the Jones Act to be waived for shipments to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico immediately, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders this morning.

At the request of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, Trump “has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately."

On Wednesday, DHS officials said that the administration was considering lifting the law, which bans foreign-flagged ships from carrying freight between U.S. ports.

As a reminder, The 1920 Jones Act requires shipments of goods between two U.S. ports to be made with American-flagged vessels, limiting the amount of shipping and driving up its cost, and had been holding up shipments of much needed support equipment and supplies for Puerto Rico.

A number of lawmakers had urged the Trump administration to waive the law and to do it immediately. Among them is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who wrote a letter Tuesday to acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke demanding she take action.

“It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster,” McCain wrote. “We must treat this emergency relief with urgency ? every day that business owners are unable to recover their assets and account for lost business, the economy will retreat even further into devastation.”

The Department of Homeland Security has gotten emergency waivers to the Jones Act twice in the last month to help with recovery efforts in Texas and Florida after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But during testimony Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Duke said DHS can issue waivers only if they are related to national defense matters. The waivers for Texas and Florida were to help aid fuel shortages, she said, which fall under the category of national security.

“We don’t know of fuel shortages on the island of Puerto Rico,” Duke said. “If there are fuel shortages, we are looking at the Jones Act. … We will use it appropriately.”

Presumably, they do now.

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BaBaBouy's picture

WOW "immediately" . . . Over A Week Later ...

American Psycho's picture

and the act should get moved into the history books as another example of the 'cost of protectionism.'

spastic_colon's picture

that "we" pay for....the majority of puerto ricans do not pay US federal taxes (PR pays about 3B a year which barely pays a days interest on 20T)........they obviously need help, maybe the NFL and hollywood can muster up a few $$

Tristan Ludlow's picture

PR pays federal taxes.  The "US citizens" do not pay personal income taxes, however, they are responsible for all other payroll taxes.

Puerto Banus NA's picture

Had a home in the condado during the 90s...PR residents do not pay personal income tax.

They pay fica, and they take much more than their share.  While I was there it was reported by the san juan star that the US fed gov provided PR with over 22 billion/annually...that's half a trillion over the decade in today's money.

Why don't they finally man up, ... take their independence as did Cuba and the Philipines...what more could a people want?

We've had enough of the savagery...such as Vanessa Marcotte, a google employee visiting her mother and murdered, among other things.

Columbus discovered PR on his first voyage, but did NOT go ashore as they were cannibals.

NYC was a very safe place at night up until they arrived for the welfare ...That's why they immigrated to NY ...


Puerto Banus NA's picture

I may be an idiot, but you're a P Rican...

Stuck on Zero's picture

This is all BS about the "Jones Act." Thousands of ons of goods are sitting at the docks in Puerto Rico: This is about selling out American companies to foreign interests again.

Never let a disaster go to waste.

Dsyno's picture

"I may be an idiot, but you're a P Rican..."


Puerto Banus NA's picture

Mongloid at the very least

farflungstar's picture

^^ This

In the 50's and 60's the Spics (along with kikes who would rent to them and the niggers) DESTROYED East New York (Bklyn) and encouraged white flight to Queens and Long Island.

East New York is still an incredible, drug and gang infested shit hole today. 

Welfare mamacitas, they breed like rats and the men are lazy, stupid and violent AF


Antifaschistische's picture

My that Mr. Trump, along with every single one of the prior 10 presidents....had no clue there was a moronic law like the "Jones Act".    

...but he probably is the only one who would have insisted on it's immediate dismissal.  

...the question is why do we have all these laws to protect oligopolists and monopolists (let's throw the NFL into that too)

boattrash's picture

My probably know more about the taste of McCain's cock than you know about the Jones Act...

Metastatic Debt's picture

And McBain knows the flavorings of Sorojohnson.

SafelyGraze's picture

"had been holding up shipments of much needed support equipment and supplies for Puerto Rico"

the solution is as obvious as it is simple

instead of allowing foreign-flagged ships to carry goods to PR, the president should instead order us-flagged ships to carry the goods

if the us-flagged ships are not carrying those goods, they can offload them from foreign-flagged ships


give us all your rum.

the pirates of old


Ghordius's picture

in my understanding, the Act specifically authorizes the President to waive it when he deems it necessary. this is from very old memories, here, so perhaps someone wants to correct/enhance here

the issue is old. specifically, the US Flag is... very expensive. US companies tend to use a similar flag with one star only: that of Liberia

TomJoad's picture

McCain has been working on behalf of big money globalists to get rid of the Jones act since at least 2010. Or maybe he's looking out for all those deepwater ports in Arizona. Not a damn thing to do with P.R. Idiots.

Puerto Banus NA's picture

He graduated 5th from the bottom of his class...the bottom 1/2%.  

As a service academy grad I saw those fellows in action, and some things never change. 

shamus001's picture

You posters are uneducated plebes. Mckain has been trying to scrap the Jones act fir years! Im a merchant marine, have been so for 15 years, and you kniw what im doing now? Starting my own business because there is NO WORK for U.S. shipping! Many of you are happy to throw your fellow U.S. Mariners under the bus? Because the "cost are twice as much" (snivel, snivel) - WELL LET ME INFORM YOU PREMADONNAS- everything YOU do for a living in America is 2-5-10X more expensive than hiring a foreigner to do it!

Perhapse we should remove ALL national employment protections and haul in some Phillipinos to replace you? 

Philli truckers will truck fir 59% what you charge

Mexi ranchers will till soil fir 30% what you charge

Hindi paper pushers will do your desk jockey job for 10% what you charge

OF COURSE Americans charge more! Look at our cost of living!!!???

Trump! You scrao ir mess with the Jones act and EVERY Mariner and Vet whi voted you in, will vote to replace you!

rubiconsolutions's picture

Does that business you are starting include the need to communicate professionally because if so you should probably use a spell checker. And what is a PREMADONNA? Was Diana Ross a PREMADONNA?

Adullam's picture

Is a PREMADONNA someone who was born before the pop star of that name? I didn't know we were categorizing people by pre and post Madonna eras.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Agreed.  Section 27 of the Jones Act, which is what's being waived here, is a dinosaur.

shamus001's picture

Sgt Hartmab, are you naive enough to entrust your supply infrastructure in complete foreign hands? When America is betrayed it will come by critical supply first and foremost! 

Mariners died in greater numbers during WWII than ALL branches combined! What foreigners are goung to lay down their lives to deliver critical supplies to our allies during war? 

You hollow out our sea trade and replace it with foreign labor and you reveal our back to be hit with a dagger.

You should know better! Pull diwn your avatar.

Puerto Banus NA's picture

In time of war a strong merchant ship fleet is essential.

The US has not had a substancial merchant fleet since the 50s.  In 1955 US ships carried 55% of foreign trade.  Today it is less than 1%.

Ths US flag fleet has shrunk from 850 vessels at that time to 80 today.

That was the first, and easiest blow to the middle class of America.  A strong middle class is essential to our cherished US values.  Gone.

lenz3099's picture

the act can be amended with "dont be stupid,  disregard after/during/before disasters and emergencys and shit"

Tulak's picture

orange clown fake 45 is old give hm a brake!

Bill of Rights's picture

Would have taken Obama and the Democrats years...After of course the Clinton's took what was left of the PR treasury.

curbjob's picture


Of course Trump needed some prompting :


"John McCain asks Trump administration to reverse course, waive Jones Act to help Puerto Rico"

lenz3099's picture

PR has a treasury? i bet its filled with pirate booty...

Txpl9421's picture

I wonder if this is one of those things that "must be requested" in order to be implemented.

Rukeysers Ghost's picture

How about waiving this archaic law forever.

boattrash's picture

How about you study the Jones Act in depth, then spend 9 to 11 months per year at sea, then get back to me about this archiac law...

Juliette's picture

Philippine sailors work harder than Americans, and for a faction of the cost.

boattrash's picture

Working with 2 of 'em on my crew right now...but that's a non-sequitur, as USCG Licensing requires US Citizenship to obtain an Officers License.

If all of you guys want rid of the Jones Act, I could agree, but I want rid of every damned law this Govt has.

In case you aren't aware how it works, it's not the owner of a 21 million dollar boat that says I can run as Chief Engineer on it, but rather, a shitload of bureaucrats...

shamus001's picture

Their level of education is not comparrible to ours. You can BUY a license, even, with a good bribe!

Furst world countries, measure anithers training. The Poles are exceptional comparred to America. Im a Mariner. I knew plenty if phillipino Mariners. Some strive for better, the rest are in "clicks" ...abd no, they dont work harder. Yiu must be speaking out of preconcieved ideas that you hear others spout.

U.S. ships are clean, functional, and sharp! Safety training is strong, foreigners ships are filthy, gear isnt maintained, rust and filth everywhere, and they pencil whip safety and maintenance. I know- we purchase their 10 yr old run down ships, rebuild them, CLEAN them, and get them working again. Every U.S. ship manned overseas in 3rd wirld countries, mabned by locals there returns 5 years later in SEVERE DISTRESS.

herkomilchen's picture

Sounds like you are passionate about the cleanliness of the ships goods come in on.  Sounds like you don't mind paying for ships to steam thousands of miles needlessly.  Sounds like you can afford to and don't mind paying double for your goods.  A free market would provide you this option.

For those who don't want to or can't afford to pay double for those things, a free market would provide them their goods at half the cost.

The Jones Act uses government to forcibly impose your personal preferences and buying choices onto everyone else, most of whom don't share them.

paperstreetsoapco's picture

Logged in just to say

"Here! Here!"

The only problem is that we need to remove ALL impediments to free trade.  Unfortunately, we have (((them))) in the way.


Long Cyclon B!!!!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

“It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster,” McCain wrote. “We must treat this emergency relief with urgency ? every day that business owners are unable to recover their assets and account for lost business, the economy will retreat even further into devastation.”

This coming from a man who's father ordered the destruction and coverup of one of his own Navy's ships by it's "closest ally"... Who himself dropped Napalm on Vietnamese...

And sanctioned mutiple wars of choice that tortured and murdered millions abroad.

To the Glioblatoma in John McCain's head... YOU REALLY NEED TO WORK FASTER!!!

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Whatever we think of their leadership's socialistic ways, Puerto Ricans are citizens of this country. Citizenship needs to mean something. It is part of our problem that it means less all the time, with multicultural, tribal labels replacing the concept of citizenship.

2banana's picture


Then they can start by paying federal income taxes.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Couldn't agree with you more. E N

I'm actually trying to volunteer but cannot get passage right now because FEMA is holding up the transfer of aid right now because of these "Act(s)" to extort more money...

My apologies for not stating the obvious of Puerto Rico's misery. I'm just trying to cite the hypocrisy of a World class mass murderer that is Senator John McCain of Arizona!

TuPhat's picture

The PR governor wants to extort the money himself.  Why should he let the Clintons and DC swamp creatures get most of it.

Tristan Ludlow's picture

Really?  Why is it that every time they vote on whether or not to become a state, the measure is defeated?  They only want to be citizens when it suits them.  I certainly would love to be able to pick and choose so that I would not have to pay income tax.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Yes of course...

We're the "good guys" post Spanish American War that have only the best interests of the Puerto Rican people at heart and would never exploit there people or their land?...

Just like everywhere else Yankee Jewdle "does business"!

estebanDido's picture

PR will never be a state because it is used by multinationals to avoid taxes, and you should know who runs the USofA.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And who created the "banquet table" for the multinationals in the first place?