Puerto Rico statehood bill gets bipartisan push

Despite concerns about Puerto Rico’s debt burden, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to see the Caribbean island get statehood.

On Tuesday, they introduced the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act, which would begin a process for making Puerto Rico the 51st state. Supporters argue that Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, pay most federal taxes, and can be drafted into the U.S. military, are long past due to transition from their quasi-statehood status as a U.S. territory.

“Right now, we don’t have access to a lot of programs that would allow people not just to grow but to get out of poverty like many states,” Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner
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