Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Expects Bill On Statehood To Be Voted On By Congress In March

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said that “Congress is morally obligated to respond” to his territory’s recent vote where a majority of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of U.S. statehood. Pierluisi then said that he expects a bill granting Puerto Rico statehood to enter the House as soon as mid-March. Puerto Rico voted in support of statehood 52% to 47% in November 2020. Congress, however, has no legal obligation to act on the island’s vote. Pierluisi’s campaign for governor was centered on the benefits of U.S. statehood. “Statehood is not a panacea,” Pierluisi told Axios. “Of course we have to d…

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