Hawaii became the 50th state in August of 1959 and the United States hasn’t had any new additions since then.
For a long time, many Puerto Ricans have been angling to become the 51st state of the union.
Obviously, it hasn’t happened but the voices have gotten louder and louder over the years.
Puerto Rico is having some serious financial issues which would likely be alleviated if they were able to become the 51st state.
This week, there could possibly be some movement made on the Puerto Rican statehood front.
From Federalist Papers:
On Sunday, Puerto Ricans are going to the polls to decide again on the issue of statehood.
Officially a territory, the island doesn’t have any voting representation in Congress. But if a statehood referendum passes, it could dramatically alter the balance of power in Washington.
A heavily leftist territory, making Puerto Rico a state could mean two Democratic Senators and five Democratic House members added to Congress. Puerto Rico is home to 3.5 million Americans.
It wouldn’t be ideal to add more liberals to Congress and to add a state with such problems.
However, if it’s what they want and there is a benefit for us then you never know.
Republicans are apparently on board.
Interestingly, the Republican Party – both on the island and nationally – are adamantly in favor of statehood. In their 2016 platform, the GOP wrote: “We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state,” the platform stated. “Once the … local vote for statehood is ratified, Congress should approve an enabling act with terms for Puerto Rico’s future admission as the 51st state of the Union.”
We will have to wait and see how this one goes.
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