This is just plain evil.
The Trump administration on Tuesday denied a request from several members of Congress to waive shipping restrictions to help get gasoline and other supplies to Puerto Rico as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria, reports The Hill.
The Department of Homeland Security declined the request to waive the Jones Act, which limits shipping between coasts to U.S.-flagged vessels, according to Reuters. DHS waived the act following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which hit the mainland U.S.
DHS said Tuesday that waiving the act for Puerto Rico would not
help the U.S. island territory due to damaged ports preventing ships from docking. WTF? Why can't the shippers just be allowed to determine how supplies will get on shore?
Senator John McCain called the department's decision "unacceptable" and warned that Puerto Rico faces a humanitarian crisis as the island's 3.4 million people struggle to survive without power or clean water.
Officials estimate the island could be without power for up to six months.
"It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster," McCain wrote.
"Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome Act,” he wrote. Trump knows full well the importance of shipping to get supplies to Puerto Rico:
Trump on Puerto Rico: "This is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean. It's a big ocean. It's a very big ocean." pic.twitter.com/S0flXGrwa1— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) September 26, 2017