According to the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Connecticut is sixth in the nation for states with the largest number of Puerto Rican residents.
Earlier this week, Mr Trump sent "America's hearts and prayers" to the people in Puerto Rico and the nearby US Virgin Islands, along with his confirmation he will visit both places next week.
Trump faced mounting calls to freeze the 97-year-old act, which requires products shipped between US ports to be moved by American-owned ships. "Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!" over the words "American tragedy".
"The limitation is going to be port capacity to offload and transit, not vessel availability", a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told Reuters. This can not become another epic failure resembling the debacle following Hurricane Katrina, and the Trump administration has to continue to ramp up relief efforts. The Department of Homeland Security had said in those cases the waivers had been justified by the shutting of fuel pipelines in the storms, which could have triggered shortages. He said 51 of the island's 60 hospitals are now open and airports and seaports are receiving shipments.
Thousands of Puerto Ricans received water and rationed food this week as an aid bottleneck began to ease, while telecommunications have been restored for about 30 per cent of the island and almost half of the supermarkets have reopened, although many for reduced hours.
Rhode Island and MA residents have amassed enough donations meant for Puerto Rico to fill almost ten cargo ship containers.
Waiving the act means much-needed goods may be able to arrive more quickly to the island. "Now Congress must repeal this law to aid long-term recovery".
"Unless trucking companies start showing up, unfortunately there is nothing that we can do", Ayala said.
Ricardo Rossello, Puerto Rico's governor, also urged the White House to lift the shipping restrictions, which is why Huckabee Sanders directly mentioned his Twitter account in her Thursday morning tweet.
Miranda went on to commend Cruz for her work in Puerto Rico.
"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", Trump tweeted.