Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are usually political opposites. But they’re aligned on one issue: Puerto Rico statehood.
McConnell, a senator from Kentucky, is aligned with a faction of Republicans in Congress that opposes statehood for the Caribbean island, which a bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to make happen through the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act that was introduced in the House this week. In McConnell’s view, making Puerto Rico a state would deliver a Democratic representative and two additional Democratic senators, comparable to the Democratic push to make Washington, D.C., a state.
Ocasio-Cortez, the far-left Democratic congresswoman from New York, has her own