Democrats Introduce Bill to Make Puerto Rico a State

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Agent Darren Soto (D-Fl.) have actually presented a procedure that would make Puerto Rico the country’s 51st state.

The proposition, likewise supported by Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member in the United States Home, Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico), details a procedure to make the area a state ought to it be validated by Puerto Rican citizens or authorized in an island-wide referendum. The step sets a timeline for a referendum vote, statement of Puerto Rican statehood, and an election for the Puerto Rican congressional delegation.

Henrich kept in mind that his own state had a years-long course to statehood.

“My home state of New Mexico had a similar struggle to achieve statehood. It took 50 New Mexico statehood bills and 64 years before we were finally admitted to the United States,” he stated.

Republicans have actually typically pressed back versus such a strategy, arguing that it would provide Democrats an unreasonable benefit.

After they alter the filibuster, they’re going to confess the District as a state,” then-Senate Bulk Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stated last September. “They’re going to admit Puerto Rico as a state. That’s four new Democratic senators in perpetuity.”

A referendum in November discovered that 52% of Puerto Ricans preferred statehood. 47% opposed it.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.