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Tue Apr 23, 2019, 08:20 PM

Trump Considering Waiving Jones Act Mandate for Natural Gas, Sources Say

Source: Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump is seriously considering waiving the requirement that only U.S. flagged vessels can move goods from American ports to Puerto Rico or energy-starved areas of the Northeast, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

The issue was debated during an Oval Office meeting on Monday, following requests from Puerto Rico and pressure from oil industry leaders to ease the nearly 100-year-old Jones Act requirements, according to three people. Although top administration officials are divided on the issue, Trump is now leaning in favor of some kind of waiver, said two of the people, who asked for anonymity to discuss the private discussions.

The move -- which would be fought by U.S shipbuilding interests and their allies on Capitol Hill -- has been promoted as essential to lower the cost of energy in Puerto Rico and ease the flow of American natural gas to the U.S. Northeast, where there arenít enough pipelines to deliver the product from Pennsylvania.

But even inside the Trump administration, there are fierce defenders of the Jones Act, a 1920 law requiring that vessels moving cargo between two U.S. ports be U.S.-built, -owned and -crewed. The law was originally designed to protect the domestic shipping industry and the countryís maritime might, and supporters argue that itís just as essential today to ensure ships are made in the U.S. Any move to weaken or waive the requirements threatens the U.S. shipbuilding industry and the jobs tied to it, they argue.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/trump-considering-waiving-jones-act-mandate-for-natural-gas-sources-say/ar-BBWdTnH

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 23, 2019, 08:27 PM

1. changing jones act would benefit alaska/hawaii and lower cost of living there a lot

right now everything shipped into hawaii from outside the usa has to go to a mainland transit point first then repackaged and shipped back to hawaii raising the cost of goods significantly

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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 03:18 AM

2. That's a great idea.

So you can rest assured Trump will bow to pressure and will not waive the Jones Act. He never does anything to help the lower classes in the U.S. He wouldn't want to spoil his perfect record now.

However, if President Obama's name was on the Act it would have been waived within 20 minutes of his taking office. Guaranteed.

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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 03:47 AM

3. What do you want to bet what Trump asked during that meeting?

Wanna bet if Trump asked if the ship workers are probably Democrats? Because they're not going to vote for him, if he costs them some of their job deliveries.

That was a factor in his shutting the govt down over the budget...he thought the federal workers were mainly Democrats.

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