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)

The Trump Administration Got This Wrong and Should Correct It

The Trump Administration is refusing to waive the Jones Act in order to help Puerto Rico. This is wrong.

The Jones Act is an outdated law that requires shipping between American controlled coasts be done exclusively by American flagged ships. This allows American ships to transport goods at an increased premium, which directly drives up costs in Puerto Rico for imports from the U.S.

The Trump Administration claims that the problem in Puerto Rico is limited port availability, so the Jones Act would not cause the problem. But that’s nonsense. As the ports become available, the Jones Act will still restrict the supply of aid to American vessels, which cost more due to their monopoly.

Texas and Florida both got waivers from the Jones Act. Puerto Rico is American. They should get the waiver. The Jones Act itself should be repealed.

The Trump Administration needs to rethink this.

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