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Jones Act is a swamp creature that’s strangling Puerto Rico: President Trump’s administration has wisely chosen to waive outdated regulations that are getting in the way of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. The regulations, known as the Jones Act, make it more expensive for the U.S. territory to affordably import goods from the mainland. And while it’s commendable that Trump has temporarily waived this obstacle, it shouldn’t have taken a major disaster to realize the harm it was causing.

But like so many federal laws and regulations, there’s one big reason the Jones Act remains — and while talking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump gave the game away. Stating that he was considering the waiver, Trump admitted he was hesitant to do so because “a lot of people that work in the shipping industry … don’t want the Jones Act lifted.”

So much for draining the swamp.

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Jones Act is a swamp creature that’s strangling Puerto Rico: President Trump’s administration has wisely chosen to waive outdated regulations that are getting in the way of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. The regulations, known as the Jones Act, make it more expensive for the U.S. territory to affordably import goods from the mainland. And while it’s commendable that Trump has temporarily waived this obstacle, it shouldn’t have taken a major disaster to realize the harm it was causing.But like so many federal laws and regulations, there’s one big reason the Jones Act remains — and while talking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump gave the game away. Stating that he was considering the waiver, Trump admitted he was hesitant to do so because “a lot of people that work in the shipping industry … don’t want the Jones Act lifted.”So much for draining the swamp.