Puerto Rico’s Potential Statehood

Puerto Rico's Potential Statehood

Puerto Rico has attempted to achieve statehood two times already since 2012. Now, a proposed bill about to enter Congress will mark their third attempt to become the 51st star on the American flag. Below is the full text of the legislation.

The bill in question would give Puerto Rico the same path to statehood that Alaska and Hawaii undertook. If passed, a federally-authorized referendum would show up on the Puerto Rican ballot on November 3, 2020. If it receives a majority vote, the president would proclaim Puerto Rico as a state within 30 months.

Puerto Rico has been governed by the US since 1899. In 2017, Puerto Rico had an unofficial referendum where 97% of the population wanted statehood. However, only 23% showed up for the vote due to a boycott against the situation.

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