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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Temporary Waiving of the Jones Act for Assistance to Puerto Rico

Sep 28, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s decision to temporarily waive the Jones Act for 10 days to provide assistance in sending supplies to Puerto Rico:

“I am pleased that the Administration has taken the long overdue step of waiving the Jones Act so that Puerto Rico can receive aid quickly without the additional costs that accompany the restrictions.  The Jones Act was quickly lifted to help Texas and Florida recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the same should have been done for Puerto Rico immediately to prevent a delay in the delivery of desperately needed resources. While 10 days is a good start, I urge the Administration to extend the waiver if necessary to ensure that equipment needed to repair vital infrastructure can be delivered efficiently.”