The Admission Act of Puerto Rico continues adding co-sponsors

August 23, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- The resident commissioner, Jenniffer González Colón, announced that there are 54 co-sponsors of her project HR 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018.

The most recent congressmen who joined as co-authors of the measure are Seth Moulton (Massachusetts); Rubén Gallego (Arizona); David Cicilline (Rhode Island); Jared Polis (Colorado); Sanford Bishop (Georgia); Steve Cohen (Tennessee); Alcee Hastings and Val Demings (Florida).

The resident commissioner thanked her colleagues who continue to join in support of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state of the Union. "Despite the lobbying and the disgraceful campaign of the Popular Democratic Party and its collaborators in Washington in opposition to the equality and the best interests of the people of Puerto Rico, support for statehood continues to grow. Every day, we are closer to culminating the claim of the majority of Puerto Ricans who aspire to a worthy status on an equal treatment with their fellow citizens in the states, "said the Commissioner.

HR 6246 seeks to enforce the will of the people of Puerto Rico expressed in the last two consultations on status, where statehood prevailed overwhelmingly.

As part of the transition process, the measure establishes the creation of the Working Group of the Congress on Equality for American Citizens of Puerto Rico that will have 13 months from its approval for:

1. studying and make recommendations to the Congress and to the President of the United States, amendments or repeal of the laws of the United States that apply differently to Puerto Rico from the states;

2. recommending economic measures that are temporary to help Puerto Rico in the transition from territory to state;

3. proposing rules and dates for elections to federal posts on the island;

4. Studying the effect of admitting Puerto Rico as a state in the representation of Puerto Rico in the federal House of Representatives.

The Working Group must submit a preliminary report to the President of the United States and to the Congress, who must act on these recommendations no later than January 1, 2021.

After the transition process, no later than January 1, 2021, the President of the United States must issue a Proclamation declaring that Puerto Rico ceased to be an incorporated territory of the United States and will be admitted to the Union as a State.