Trump waives USA shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico: spokeswoman

Otis Hoffman
September 29, 2017

"Right now we are in emergency mode", Rosselló said on Wednesday (Sept. 27) of the devastation that has left millions in Puerto Rico without electricity, clean food and water.

Osceola County officials said they expect to ask the state to waive state-mandated class-size restrictions for schools, as well as requirements that students have immunization records.

"They can not do surgeries, and I don't see this in the media".

Just a day before, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine met arrived in Puerto Rico with more than 7,000 pounds of supplies.

President Donald Trump waived laws forbidding foreign ships from transporting goods between US ports and Puerto Rico Thursday.

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But the Department of Homeland Security said that getting more fuel to the island wouldn't address its main problem, which is ports damaged by the storm.

They also said all students experiencing homelessness must be accurately reported in the statewide public school information system. "As required by federal law, it is imperative that young children who have been displaced are enrolled in schools immediately and are provided with health and other services necessary to ensure their academic success". Communication in the days after the storm has been challenging. All this is evidence to Rubio that DOD needs to take control. Critics like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued it had unnecessarily raised costs on Puerto Ricans in need of supplies.

Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat who was born in Puerto Rico, also urged Mr Trump to approve a waiver saying the disaster could prove to be "his Hurricane Katrina".

The Trump administration pushed back on criticism that its response has been slow or ineffective.

The Jones Act was waived earlier this month to provide relief assistance prior to Hurricane Irma's landfall, DHS said. "It is proceeding very well", she said. That order included Puerto Rico, but expired last week shortly after Hurricane Maria struck.

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But a shortage of truckers and the island's devastated infrastructure are making it tough to move aid to where it's needed most.

Now Rihanna's adding her voice to the chorus of people calling on Trump to send more aid to the island.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, pretty much the entire island of Puerto Rico is dark, hot and running out of supplies - quickly. Also on the way are ambulances and 100 trucks carrying diesel and gasoline fuel. But he cautioned that the administration is operating with a playbook that works on the mainland rather than employing a unique response to a unique disaster. "The power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career", McCain said in 2014. "This has unique components to it that makes it different from Irma that hit Florida.or Harvey that hit Texas".

It's never quick enough. "Food and water on site", he wrote.

McClatchy reporter Joseph Cooke contributed.

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