In the wake of the crisis in Puerto Rico, the White House has finally decided to waive the Jones Act–the nearly century-old jingoistic shipping law, which requires that goods shipped between U.S. ports be carried exclusively by U.S.-owned ships built primarily in the U.S. and staffed by U.S. citizens. The law is believed to have been hampering relief efforts in the storm-ravaged island.
Waiving the act means much-needed goods may be able to arrive more quickly to the island. Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, tweeted that he had petitioned the White House Wednesday night for a temporary waiver. The White House authorized the waiver, revealing it in a tweet, naturally. Per NBC: The temporary waiver will be in place for the next 10 days and cover all products being shipped to Puerto Rico.