Puerto Rico Could Be Granted Statehood With New Bill

- Puerto Rico has been an American territory since the close of the 19th Century, and Puerto Ricans have been USA citizens since 1917.

"This bill is a huge step in building a sustainable future for Puerto Rico", said Senator Eduardo Bhatia, a leading proponent of PS 1121, CleanTechnia.

Puerto Rico renewed its push for statehood previous year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island in 2017.

"Puerto Rico has been taken care of better by Donald Trump than by any living human being, and I think the people of Puerto Rico understand it", he said outside the White House as he left for a rally in MI. And now a group of lawmakers in the U.S. House is saying the time has come for statehood.

"It's time to end 120 years of colonialism for Puerto Ricans", Soto tweeted.

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The statehood legislation, introduced by Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., with the support of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, comes as several Democratic presidential candidates have embraced calls to grant statehood to the island, which has been mired in economic stagnation as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria in September 2017. It has the full support of Puerto Rico's non-voting Republican representative, Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon.

Rossello said the President's comments "lack empathy as to what people are going through in Puerto Rico".

Escalating his recent criticism of the White House, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló vowed he would not allow his officials to be bullied by the administration and urged President Trump to stop treating Puerto Ricans as "second-class" USA citizens.

In 1993, Presidents Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush took to the airwaves to urge Puerto Ricans to vote for statehood in an island-wide referendum. "We hope you will join us". The resolution finds the previous referendum, which was observed by Soto among others, was sufficient as 97 percent of voters voted for statehood.

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