AP Explains: The obscure law that slowed aid to Puerto Rico


AP Explains: The obscure law that slowed aid to Puerto Rico
 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday waived a 97-year-old law to allow relief supplies to get through to Puerto Rico in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
The so-called Jones Act, which prohibits foreign-flagged ships from hauling cargo between U.S. ports, was slowing the delivery of aid and driving up costs. A brief explanation of the law:
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28 September 2017 in Politics, Views: 23
Source: Chron
 


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