Bipartisan bill aims to make Puerto Rico 51st state
30 June, 2018, 21:00 | Author: Myra Gill
Puerto Rico's non-voting representative in Congress is introducing a bill that seeks to make the USA territory a state by 2021. The recognition was received during the Gala dinner of the PRCC Convention held on June 22, and also included a special certificate issued by the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico in Washington, D.C., Hon.
"This is the first step to open a serious discussion to determine the ultimate political status of Puerto Rico", González said, according to NBC News. Fourteen Democrats and 20 Republicans have backed the bill thus far; however, it remains unclear what odds the legislation has of passing. The devastation from Hurricane Maria has left thousands of residents without electricity and basic supply of clean water and food.
Previous attempts by Wall Street financiers and government officials to privatize Puerto Rico's water system have produced "disastrous results", but private equity vultures are exploiting the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria to plow ahead with yet another privatization effort-one that environmentalists warn could further imperil the island's public water infrastructure.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Evertec led several initiatives to help reactivate the Puerto Rican economy. Its inhabitants are US citizens, though they are barred from voting in presidential elections and have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to make Puerto Rico the 51st state of America. It is very important because we want to reach to the big Puerto Ricans community living in USA. Puerto Ricans previous year voted overwhelmingly in favor of becoming a state. "No longer do we want this kicked down the road", Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who's fiercely advocated for statehood in the past, said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
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