September 27, 2017 The Call – #PuertoRicoNeedsHelpNow #WaiveJonesAct Following the direct hit by Hurricane Maria, the situation is Puerto Rico is apocalyptic, with no power, unpassable roads, decimated agriculture and much of its infrastructure destroyed. The humanitarian situation of these US citizens is dire, with some still needing rescue, many homeless and a desperate need of food, water, medicine and other critical supplies. The Trump administration’s response to the crisis has been “slow, unenthusiastic and mean.” The humanitarian crisis and recovery efforts would be much aided by a temporary waiver of the Jones Act, which does not permit foreign ships to deliver US aid or goods to Puerto Rico. Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) is introducing a bill for a one year waiver of the Jones Act. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can issue emergency waivers from the Jones Act, and while a temporary hurricane waiver was given for Irma and Harvey, the DHS has declined to issue a post-Maria waiver for Puerto Rico. As of Wednesday night, Trump is reconsidering the Jones Act waiver. It is shocking how little attention the Trump administration has given to the dire situation in Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are our fellow U.S. citizens and we must respond to their terrible circumstances as we did with people in Texas and Florida. Your Action Call your 3 members of Congress and urge them to act quickly on an aid package for Puerto Rico, support legislation to aid emergency relief efforts and pass a one year waiver of the Jones Act. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
We have a humanitarian disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico. I am extremely concerned that U.S. aid efforts to Puerto Rico have been slow and insufficient.
I urge [Rep/Sen____] to do everything possible to get emergency aid to Puerto Rico, and to authorize additional relief funding.
I also want [Rep/Sen____] to support legislation for a one year waiver of the Jones Act to help Puerto Rico in the massive recovery effort it faces.