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Suspend the Jones Act

The Jones Act charges Puerto Ricans for all shipments from abroad, meaning they have to pay more for food and medical supplies so crucial to the recovery from Hurricane Maria and that their economy faces enormous obstacles every day. The CATO Institute, Heritage Foundation, Manhattan Institute, Senator McCain and Representative Palmer have all decried the act. Studies have shown that the Act is responsible for $17 billion of damage to the Puerto Rican economy from 1990-2010, about 3-10 billion per year. Please take this off the books as quickly as possible to save lives from starvation, flooding, and disease due to Hurricane Marea and to make the future better for Puerto Rico. Thank you.

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Idea No. 217