Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) issued the following statement after President Trump issued a waiver on the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act, for Puerto Rico.
"President Trump's action today in waiving the Jones Act for Puerto Rico provides 10 days of temporary relief. The President's authority in this area is limited. In a humanitarian crisis, we must focus on helping others and saving lives. Next week, I plan to introduce Jones Act legislation, which would provide extended relief. Right now Puerto Rico needs our help as they rebuild and recover from Hurricane Maria. The people of Puerto Rico need extended not temporary relief to rebuild their infrastructure, their homes and put their lives back together. At a time when every dime will count, it is the right thing to do to extend the waiver."