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What is the Jones Act? And why might waiving it help ease East Coast gas ‘supply crunch’?

What is the Jones Act? And why might waiving it help ease East Coast gas ‘supply crunch’?
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The Biden administration is exploring a temporarily waiver of the Jones Act, a U.S. shipping law, to allow foreign vessels to carry fuel up the Eastern Seaboard to ease supply bottlenecks following the Colonial Pipeline shutdown.