Democrats Introduce Bill to Make Puerto Rico a State

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Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representative Darren Soto (D-Fl.) have introduced a measure that would make Puerto Rico the nation’s 51st state.

The proposal, also supported by Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member in the United States House, Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico), outlines a process to make the territory a state should it be ratified by Puerto Rican voters or approved in an island-wide referendum. The measure sets a timeline for a referendum vote, declaration of Puerto Rican statehood, and an election for the Puerto Rican congressional delegation. read more