If Puerto Rico has its way two new Senators and five new House Representatives, most of which would likely be Democrat seats, will be added to Congress in the near future. And Puerto Rico would become the 51st State as a part of our United States Republic.
Indeed, Puerto Rico voters decided in a non-binding referendum to declare statehood. A move that now creates a commission that will send a delegation of the two Senators and five representatives to Washington to demand a seat at the federal government table.
Congress must approve such a request, of course, and Puerto Rico would not gain official status as a U.S. state without such approval. The general thinking in Washington is that the Republican controlled Congress will not approve of the demand because of the reality that most of the newly created seats would, in fact, be Democrats.
But outside of general thinking there is concern that a congress led by Paul Ryan, a Republican with special interest ties to Puerto Rico, might be willing to fold in favor of the near bankrupt island/U.S. territory. Ryan has repeatedly supported bailing out Puerto Rico at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and statehood would bring the island a wealth of resources to help manage its debt.
The people of Puerto Rico have spoken. They want to be a state. But that doesn’t mean they will become one.
We’ll continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as they become available.