Republican Support for Puerto Rico Statehood

One widespread belief about Puerto Rico statehood is that it is supported by Democrats but not by Republicans. This is false. Republican support for Puerto Rico statehood has been well documented for many years.

Some Republicans oppose statehood for Puerto Rico

Some Republicans do not support statehood for Puerto Rico. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has come out against statehood because he believes that Puerto Rico would be a Democratic state. He has not mentioned other objections to statehood for Puerto Rico, nor has he provided any evidence for his claim that Puerto Rico would be a blue state.

Indeed, it is not clear that admitting Puerto Rico would have any effect on the balance of power in Congress.

Republicans also support Puerto Rico statehood

Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner and sole voice in the nation’s capital, is herself a Republican and a strong supporter of statehood. The Republican Party platform supports Puerto Rico statehood, explicitly stating in the most recent document, “We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state.”

The Republican Party of Puerto Rico also supports statehood.

Puerto Rico’s RNC Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas tweeted a press release on behalf of the Party after the November 3rd plebiscite: “We, the American citizens of Puerto Rico, made it clear Tuesday that statehood is the future for our island. Statehood won a clear majority in a plebiscite that saw voter participation far exceeding that of many federal elections on the mainland, leaving no room for doubt about the path forward.”

“Congress and the President should waste no time in acting on Tuesday’s results,” the statement continued, “and give Puerto Rico the long-overdue equality and opportunity that it has called for three times in the last decade alone.”

The Puerto Rico Young Republican Federation has also called for Congress to honor the recent vote for statehood. “The results of the referendum in favor of statehood are an unequivocal message in favor of advancing the decolonization option of the people of Puerto Rico. So much so, that Statehood got more votes than any candidate in this election and shows support outside of party lines. Last night, statehood was consolidated as the most important civic and political cause of all Puerto Ricans,” Josué Rivera, president of the Federation, told The Weekly Journal.

José Cabrera, co-president of the organization, was quoted by the same source as saying, “Congress has the responsibility to act on our claim, as it is the only body with the constitutional power to admit states. In what concerns us most, we will remain firm and vigilant that Republican members of Congress lead the equality we demand at the polls.”

Republican support in Washington

Numerous Republican lawmakers support statehood. From Rob Bishop (R-UT) to Don Young (R-AK), GOP members of Congress have spoken up for equality through statehood for Puerto Rico.

HR 4901, the most recent statehood bill, currently has 18 Republican cosponsors.

Republican presidents including Reagan, Ford, and George Bush have also supported statehood for Puerto Rico.

While there is work to do for Puerto Rico to be admitted as the voters have demanded, it is not the case that Republicans will not support their efforts.

5 Comments

randerson43

IF all this is true, then WHAT IS THE HOLDUP? Don’t believe ANYTHING you read, believe the ACTIONS of the U.S. Government. They have had more than enough time (100 years +/-) to act on this item. Pretty sure they will not take any action because they receive more money from Puerto Rico than they send to Puerto Rico (fact).

Raymond

Puerto Rico is in deep Debt! Doesn’t pay Fed taxes and can’t even operate its Government! Wake up and smell the Roses? Do some research? Its a welfare state!

Riosmend

Sorry! There are two resent federal cases, pending in the Supreme Court that irrefutiably stablished With IRS STATISTICS that PR, in fact, pay more income tax tthan five states! And in the commercial statistics the USA HAS MORE BENEFITS FROM PR, than 6- 8 states. On the other hand PR MUST BEG TO RECEIVE, WAY LESS THAN any Federal State. Why? We’re a colony!

randerson43

I agree with you which is why, in my opinion, P.R. will never be allowed statehood status. The U.S. is not willing to give up the amount of revenue that P.R. provides.

randerson43

I strongly suggest that you do some research. Puerto Rico sends $72B+/- to the U.S. economy and receives $2.5M+/- from the U.S. in social assistance and government grants.
My math tells me that $72B is greater than $22.5M. Puerto Rico pays more than ANY state for the right to be screwed year end and year out.

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