In late December, the Congressional Record reported a little noticed reminder of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Concurrent Resolution No. 67,
requesting the President and the Congress to respond diligently and effectively and to act on the demand of the people of Puerto Rico to admit the territory to the Union as a State; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
No action has yet been taken on the resolution, in spite of statements from the White House and various U.S. legislators that Congress should take the next steps. Meanwhile, news sources from Australia to Estonia have begun speculating on the reasons for the lack of action. Congress just convened for the 113th session – all eyes will now be on Washington to see how Congress will respond to the request of Puerto Ricans to become a state.