The Department of Homeland Security had said as recently as Monday that the law would not be suspended.
There is also some anger over what some say has been a lack of communication from cellphone providers about which towers are working.
"I have not seen the trucks; I have not seen the help", says Cruz Vivaldi.
Donald Trump has announced he will allow foreign owned ships to deliver relief supplies from U.S. ports to Puerto Rico following a furore over his previous comments that it would upset American shipping firms. That decision came only after days of public pressure from lawmakers - both Republicans and Democrats. "But we have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the Jones Act lifted, and we have a lot of ships out there right now".
President Trump was criticised for spending the weekend focusing on a feud with National Football League players and coaches, instead of the Puerto Rico disaster. Kim, or someone else in the military, should have the highest decision-making power on the island for a temporary period of time.
"We're sending a person down soon who will be just in charge of logistics down there because this is turning into a longer term story", Durfee told CNN an interview. Power, food, fuel and other supplies are all in short supply on the island. All this is evidence to Rubio that DOD needs to take control.
Why the law exists: Congress passed the Merchant Marine Act in 1920, after World War I, when Congress was anxious that the USA shipping industry was weak - too weak to, say, fight with German submarines that had sunk hundreds of US ships.
It was the third major hurricane to affect the United States in less than a month, following Harvey in Texas and Irma, which ranked as the most powerful Atlantic storm on record before thrashing several Caribbean islands and Florida. Plus, barges would deliver humanitarian relief, which make up a large part of USA -flagged ships, the agency said.
"I am very satisfied", Duke said of the federal response.
"My mom has always been heavily involved in the community, so is my aunt, who owns a Puerto Rican dance company", Garcia said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. Because it's an island, many lifesaving supplies will arrive by boat.
The federal government will pick up 100 percent of the costs for debris removal and other emergency assistance.
That means goods going from the mainland to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam, or even from Texas to New England, have to travel on US ships, even if they're not the most economical transport or readily available. "Until they let us know otherwise, I'm not supposed to go back", she said with a shrug as she pressure washed the street in front of her house, sending muddy debris flying. Spokeswoman Lauren Easton said the wire service has a group of reporters, photographers and video journalists as well as a handful of local freelancers filing from satellite phones when outside of San Juan, and from a pop-up press center that's been set up in the capital when they're there.