Tags: puerto rico | statehood | bill Introduced With 2021 Goal

Puerto Rico Statehood Bill Introduced With 2021 Goal

Puerto Rico Statehood Bill Introduced With 2021 Goal
 (Natanael Alfredo Nemanita Ginting/Dreamstime.com)

Thursday, 28 June 2018 08:28 AM

Puerto Rico statehood by 2021 is the object of a bill introduced by the U.S. territory non-voting representative in Congress on Wednesday.

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez said 14 Democrats and 20 Republicans currently sponsor the bill among the 435 members in the House of Representatives.

"This is the first step to open a serious discussion regarding the ultimate status for the island," Gonzalez said.

The Republican sponsors include the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, and the chairman of the Indian and insular affairs subcommittee, Rep. Doug Lamalfa of California.

However, the chances for the passage of the bill are not clear.

The bill calls for the creation of a bipartisan, nine-member task force that would submit a report to Congress and to the president identifying laws that would need to be amended or repealed so Puerto Rico could become a state. The panel would also be instructed to recommend temporary economic measures to help the island Rico in the transition to statehood.

Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1898. Its inhabitants are U.S. citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the island's unequal status is the cause for 5.4 million Puerto Ricans to currently reside in the continental U.S., a trend exacerbated by the damage inflicted in September by Hurricane Maria.

"In the past this issue has been very hard to move forward," Rossello said. "No longer do we want ambiguity. We want clarity. Either here in Congress you are with us or you are against the people of Puerto Rico."

© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Puerto Rico statehood by 2021 is the object of a bill introduced by the U.S. territory non-voting representative in Congress on Wednesday.
puerto rico, statehood, bill Introduced With 2021 Goal
277
2018-28-28
Thursday, 28 June 2018 08:28 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved