A view of Buena Vista community from the Teodoro Moscoso bridge on the fourth day after the impact of Maria, a Category 5 hurricane that crossed the island, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, September 24, 2017. Shortly after the passing of the hurricane all communications collapsed all over the US Territory. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

BREAKING: Trump Listens: Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump has waived the Jones Act for storm-battered Puerto Rico, Bloomberg reported Thursday morning.

The waiver will be in effect for 10 days and cover all products being shipped to Puerto Rico, Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said in an email.

The Jones Act was passed 97 years ago to protect U.S. shipping along our own coastlines and ports. It requires shipments of goods between two U.S. ports to be carried by U.S.-flagged vessels crewed by Americans.

This created massive logistical problems getting sorely needed supplies to Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory.

Thousands of cargo containers bearing millions of emergency meals and other relief supplies have been piling up on San Juan’s docks since Saturday. The mountains of material may not reach storm survivors for days.

It’s good news for more than one reason, although the main point of Puerto Ricans well-being cannot be overstated. It also shows that Trump listens. The calls for him to waive the Jones Act have come from both the right and the left. The fact that he has responded quickly is encouraging.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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