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How the Jones Act Blocks Natural Disaster Relief: View

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Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- To get gasoline flowing in the New York area after Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama temporarily suspended the Jones Act, a statutory relic of the post-World War I era that bars foreign ships from carrying freight between U.S. ports.