Could a Post-Hurricane Exodus From Puerto Rico Impact Presidential Politics?

He said Puerto Ricans are "great people and we need to help them".

McCain wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking to to analyze how a long-term waiver or repeal of the Jones Act would affect the nation.

Puerto Rico is in trouble. Because of the Jones Act, Puerto Ricans pay extra tariffs, fees, and taxes on goods imported from the USA, enough to nearly double prices on imports from the mainland.

Three days ago Hillary Clinton used Twitter-America's official outlet for federal policy proposals-to suggest that President Trump should send the USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship, to Puerto Rico. "In Texas, we can ship the trucks right out there", said Trump.

The president has a point, says Samantha Montano, an emergency management expert who blogs at Disasterology.

To speed the relief effort, the Army was setting up a forward headquarters on the ground in Puerto Rico to get more water, food and medical aid to the 3.4 million USA citizens on the island who have mostly been without power and communications since Maria hit last week.

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Most of the country remains without power, and many are without food, water and fuel. He said demolished airports and seaports have made it hard to get aid and personnel to the stricken island.

Trump said the "very big ocean" between the island and the USA mainland made it harder to send supplies. Anyone can donate online, and funds will go to United for Puerto Rico and The Fund for the Virgin Islands, which are providing food, water, medical supplies and care, clothing, social services, and other resources to hurricane victims.

"The emergency issue before us today is not money in the next 24 to 48 hours", Rubio said.

Relatives helped Maribel Valentin Espino find shelter when Hurricane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico.

Rubio is in favor of waiving the Jones Act, but stressed that loosening maritime law won't exclusively solve Puerto Rico's logistical problems.

USA states and territories typically cover 25% of the costs, with the federal government paying the remaining 75%.

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