White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the act was lifted Thursday morning, and it "will go into effect immediately".
Reporting from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has been one of the toughest assignments for journalists, as the island is grappling with damaged infrastructure, limited commercial flights and spotty electricity and cell service.
What the Jones Act does: It requires that ships going from American coast to American coast be American - built, owned, flagged and crewed.
In Washington Thursday, House Democrats called for immediate legislation to assist Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as early as next week. Trucks should be showing up to pick up the supplies, but the roads are so wrecked and fuel is so low that they're having trouble getting any at all.
Hurricane Irma - a Category 5 storm - reached the northern part of the island September 7, leaving one million Puerto Rican residents without power before Hurricane Maria hit barely two weeks later.
In a statement about the issues, the FDA says, "We are aware of several other instances where we may soon face critical shortages if we don't find a path for removal or ways to get production back up and running".
The Trump administration initially insisted the waiver was not needed because the U.S. had enough ships to deliver goods but an unnamed official from the Department of Homeland Security warned there was a bottleneck with unloading cargo at the island's damaged ports and getting supplies inland, as well as a shortage of diesel fuel.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello and Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalez, the island's representative in Congress, have said they intend to seek more than a billion dollars in federal assistance and they have praised the response to the disaster by President Trump, who plans to visit Puerto Rico next week, as well as FEMA Administrator Brock Long.
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.
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On Tuesday, hundreds of people crowded around a government water tanker in the northeastern municipality of Canovanas, some 15 miles (25 km) east of the capital San Juan, with containers of every size and shape after a wait that for many had lasted days.
"The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot".
The island's power grid was almost destroyed by Hurricane Maria, leading officials to predict it may take many months to completely restore reliable electricity service - affecting access to medical treatments and running water, as well as depriving millions of air conditioning in tropical heat.
"The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back almost 20 to 30 years", - Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez.
He said a "massive" effort to help people recover from the hurricane is under way and pledged that the federal government will pick up 100% of the bill for removing the debris left in the wake of Maria. "Our main focus right now is raising as much money as we can because our people are at risk".
While he'd prefer full repeal, McCain said the exemption would help Puerto Rico. We'll update as more information becomes available.
"Business has multiplied by a thousand", said Fernandez, 78, quickly adding: "Even though I'm doing well, I don't feel good because I know other people are suffering".
By waiving the Jones Act, the USA will allow for more rapid delivery of aid to Puerto Rico.
The letter also accused Price of using insider information to trade healthcare stocks when he was a member of Congress. Price has taken as many as 24 private flights in the past few months, costing the government an estimated $300,000.
There will also be treats for the book lovers, as Amazon is offering up to Rs 5,000 on its Kindle e-readers. Sony Bravia's 40-inches full HD LED TV is being rolled out at 22% off for Rs 36,990, instead of Rs 47,900.
People confirms that the 20-year-old makeup mogul is expecting her first baby and is due to give birth in February 2018. Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have been dating since April. " Kylie and Travis are doing great", said the source.
The bonuses would be conditional on completing more than 800 flight hours for Ryanair in the 12 months up to 31 October 2018. Compensation for passengers forced to re-book could reach 25 million euros ($30 million).
At the Puerto Rico Convention Center, where many Irma evacuees still reside, volunteers are gearing up for Hurricane Maria . According to reports , the winds reached 160 miles per hour and are believed to be headed towards St.
But on fourth down, McSorley stood strong in the pocket and drilled the ball through a crowded end zone and into Johnson's chest. Against another blitz, Wadley broke loose around the left side for a 35-yard TD to give Iowa the lead with 1:42 left.
The decision against Uber prompted a backlash from the 3.5 million Londoners , who have come to enjoy the company's cheap fares. Now, Dara Khrowshahi, the brand new CEO of Uber , has sent his reply, in the form of an open letter to the Evening Standard .
The Conoco field is named for the American company that discovered the gas reserves and built a processing plant there. The next main target will be al-Omar oil field - Syria's largest - that is on the east bank of the Euphrates.
The hurricane claimed the lives of 30 people in the Caribbean, including at least 15 people in the small island Dominica. Panovich says by the time it reaches the Outer Banks, Maria should either be a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm.
General Assembly elevated the Palestinian Authority's observer status from "entity" to "non-member state", similar to the Vatican. The approval vote requires the Palestinians to pay membership dues worth 0.03 percent of the Interpol budget.
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Babies "R" Us, the brand which deals with toys and products exclusively for babies, is also planning to enter India soon. Tuesday and plans to have locations open later this year in Sudbury, Ont., Langford, B.C., Fredericton, and Toronto.
The country's main partner is China and it is considered partially responsible for an estimated economic growth past year . Instead, he said, the worldwide community should strictly implement the sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.N.
Labour's Greg O'Connor has won the electorate of Ohariu, the seat previously held by United Future's Peter Dunne for 33 years. A record 1.2 million votes were cast in advance, but neither major party was expected to win an outright majority.
Interest rates have stayed low despite a shallow unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in August and inflation down to 1.4 percent. Thus, a few disappointing bits of economic data should not be expected to divert the Fed from its rate hike plans.
This followed similar meetings that Sisi held earlier this year with American Jewish leaders at the presidential palace in Cairo. Earlier, President Sisi also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed revival of peace talks.
The deal will require approval of Thyssenkrupp's supervisory board, Tata Steel's board of directors and European regulators. With this deal, both the companies will be able to form a strong number 2 player in the European steel market.
Unfortunately, Kershaw gave up his first ever grand slam in the 6th and that would be all the Phillies needed to win the game. The offensive outburst turned a loss into a win for Pivetta, who allowed just the two first-inning runs in six innings.