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President Donald Trump lifted United States shipping restrictions on storm-battered Puerto Rico Thursday, September 28, removing a legal obstacle blamed for slowing the disaster relief response to Hurricane Maria, the White House said. "It will go into effect immediately", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a tweet.

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

Now foreign-flagged vessels also will be able to move shipments from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico and between ports there.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico more than a week ago and has left it without power and with little access to fuel and other supplies. Many people are unable to work or run businesses because there's no electricity, or diesel to fuel generators.

Even as FEMA and the US military have stepped up relief efforts, many residents have been exasperated at the prolonged lack of electricity, reliable supplies of drinking water and other essentials.

The move comes after criticism that the White House has been slow to act to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

The department said then that there were sufficient ships available to meet the need.

"We expect them to waive it (the Jones Act)", Rossello told CNN on Wednesday, noting there was a brief waiver issued after Hurricane Irma, which was much less devastating as it grazed past the island en route to Florida earlier this month. Or maybe President Trump and his team think Puerto Ricans are not as important as US southerners.

Third-year College student Victor Rodriguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico and said he has been personally affected by the destruction from Hurricane Maria.

IsraAID's Emergency Response team, including professionals from our established team in Haiti, arrived in Puerto Rico early this week.

As the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico spirals, Sen.

Last Wednesday, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico - the island of 3.4 million USA citizens.

The government in Puerto Rico says one of its top priorities is restoring power to the island's hospitals. "So we didn't know what was going on there".

Meanwhile, despite agitation from powerful members in Congress to get rid of the law entirely so we don't keep having these debates after hurricanes, it's likely to stay on the books.

The state is also willing to lend heavy equipment to Puerto Rico to help with recovery operations. "It's become a support network, and a way we can express how we're feeling and give updates on our families, so that's been a really positive thing to come out of it".

"I would like to see the fire and fury of this administration when it comes to a rescue effort", said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. But really only the smallest bit of common sense is needed to understand the Jones Act should be waived for Puerto Rico over the coming weeks.



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