Legislation introduced could make Puerto Rico 51st U.S

April FrancisMar 31, 2019

Lawmakers are set to propose a bill that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state.

The new legislation also calls for the banning of all coal plants. However, the new Puerto Rico renewable energy targets outlined by bill PS 1121 (which the Puerto Rico senate passed on March 25) will see the American territory stepping away from these dirty fossil fuels.

Trump in particular had previously stated he is "An absolute no" on Puerto Rico statehood due to ongoing conflicts with Puerto Rico's leadership over relief for the island after Hurricane Maria.

ASSOCIATED PRESS In his first visit to the island after Hurricane Maria, Trump tossed paper towels at survivors, who were in dire need of basic services after the storm wiped out electricity on the island.

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"There's much Puerto Rico can contribute to our nation, which is why I personally favor statehood", President Reagan said at the time. "By embracing renewable energy, our islands can reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, benefiting both the natural environment and our economy".

"Puerto Rico has been taken better care of by Donald Trump than by any living human being", Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for MI. Under current law, Puerto Rico does not elect voting members of Congress, or have a say in US presidential elections (although they can vote in both major parties' presidential primaries).

Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, home to thousands who have moved from Puerto Rico, have previously expressed support for statehood for the island if that is what Puerto Rico chooses.

In 1993, Presidents Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush took to the airwaves to urge Puerto Ricans to vote for statehood in an island-wide referendum. The resolution finds the previous referendum, which was observed by Soto among others, was sufficient as 97 percent of voters voted for statehood. "I think the people of Puerto Rico understand it".

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