This petition asked for a 12-month waiver of shipping provisions of the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico rebuild its infrastructure and economy. Over 500,000 of you answered this call. We focused, not on politics, but on policy and the facts. Puerto Rico loses $537 million annually under the Jones Act. The Jones Act set the stage for Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. Puerto Rico was forced to implement austerity measures that stripped down public services to the bone. The island was already vulnerable under the Jones Act before Hurricane Maria hit. Now calls for help made to the President have been met with claims that the island is unwilling to help itself. The POTUS cites “10,000 federal workers” on the island as proof he’s doing everything he can. In contrast, 33 U.S. military ships, 300 military helicopters, and 22,000 troops were sent to deliver aid to Haiti in 2010. When hurricanes hit Texas and Florida, the President immediately declared his unwavering support to help recover and rebuild. When Maria hit Puerto Rico, he said he’d need to think about the cost of rebuilding.
If Puerto Rico is facing this much resistance to save lives, imagine the uphill battle our congressional leaders will have fighting to change the Jones Act and helping Puerto Rico rebuild. You can help. Please continue to share this petition with everyone you know, and explain that more must be done to help the American people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild.
Here is how you can connect with me for the cause on Facebook and help share valuable information about the needs of people on the island now who have limited means of communication. https://www.facebook.com/RealTitle46/