What Do Polls Tell Us about Puerto Rico Status?

Gallup released a poll of Americans across the nation last week showing that nearly two thirds of respondents support statehood for Puerto Rico. Their findings confirm a trend seen in other polls. Stateside Americans are ready for the 51st state — and they want Puerto Rico in that spot. What about Puerto Ricans? Three 2019… Read more »

Presidential Candidates on Puerto Rico Statehood

The first round of the Democratic primary debates is over and candidates had the opportunity to outline their platforms and voice their policy priorities to the nation, but Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory and plans and hopes for the future has not yet entered the discussion. While popular issues relating to the economy,… Read more »

Two Thirds of Americans Want Statehood for Puerto Rico

Gallup has released a new poll on Americans’ opinions on Puerto Rico statehood. The message is very clear: 66% of Americans favor statehood for Puerto Rico. Gallup has been asking this question for years. In 1963, 65% of Americans favored statehood for Puerto Rico, and this has been the majority position ever since. Some groups… Read more »

Voting Rights: Woman Suffrage and Puerto Rico Statehood

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On June 4, America celebrated the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passage of the 19th Amendment. This is the constitutional amendment that gave voting rights to American women. In today’s society, you would be hard-pressed to find many Americans who oppose the Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Yet while it may seem like… Read more »

Congressional Committee Takes Action on Medicaid for Territories

Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the “Territories Health Care Improvement Act” (H.R. 3631). Timing for full consideration by the House of Representatives has not yet been confirmed. In anticipation of the Committee’s consideration of the bill today, Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) provided the following description of H.R. 3631: H.R. 3631, introduced by… Read more »

New Gallup Poll on DC Statehood

The first ever Gallup poll on statehood for the District of Columbia has found that 64% of Americans surveyed oppose it. 29% favor statehood for D.C. and 8% are undecided. Several recent polls taken by organizations ranging from Fox News to Data for Progress have shown that people favor statehood for Puerto Rico over statehood… Read more »

Is there a Limit to the Number of States in the Union?

Statehood for both Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. is showing up as a talking point in the 2020 presidential campaign. But can either the territory or the district become a state? A questioner at Quora thinks not. “I was told that Puerto Rico cannot be a state because there was an amendment to the Constitution… Read more »

Georgia Discrimination Case Points out Puerto Rico Problems

Kenneth Caban Gonzalez moved from Puerto Rico to Georgia in 2017 and applied, after the required 30 days, for a Georgia drivers license. So far, it’s a simple story. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans can move freely from Puerto Rico to any state, and can of course acquire a drivers license by applying in the… Read more »

Congressional Subcommittee Passes Bill to help U.S. Territories under Medicaid

Earlier today, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee passed the Territories Health Care Improvement Act (H.R. 3631) on a bipartisan basis. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Eshoo (D-CA) spoke in support of the bill, with Eshoo calling the federal Medicaid cap “arbitrary” and  “discriminatory.” She said that “for too… Read more »

House Subcommittee to Consider Puerto Rico Medicaid Proposal Tomorrow

A bipartisan agreement among U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee leaders to grant Puerto Rico $12 billion for Medicaid during Federal Fiscal Years 2020-23 was announced last night. It is expected to be approved in the Health Subcommittee tomorrow and subsequently by the full Committee. Under the proposal, Puerto Rico would get $2.823… Read more »