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16 House Republicans join all Democrats in voting for the Puerto Rico Status Act




  • The House passed a bill on Thursday in favor of the Puerto Rico Status Act.
  • Sixteen Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting the bill that seeks to resolve the U.S. territory’s status through a plebiscite.
  • The majority of Republicans voted against the bill in part due to long-standing opposition to Puerto Rico’s statehood.

Sixteen House Republicans joined Democrats in voting for a bill on Thursday that would set a vote for Puerto Ricans to determine the future of the territory’s political status.

The legislation, dubbed the Puerto Rico Status Act, passed the House in a 233-191 vote. It calls for setting a plebiscite for Puerto Rico residents to determine whether or not they want statehood, independence or independence followed by free association with the U.S. Additionally, the legislation would establish a federally-funded, objective and nonpartisan voter education campaign that would run before the vote.

All Democrats and 16 Republicans supported the measure, including GOP Reps. Don Bacon (Neb.), Liz Cheney (Wyo.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Mayra Flores (Texas), Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), Bill Huizenga (Mich.), Dave Joyce (Ohio), John Katko (N.Y.), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), Bill Posey (Fla.), María Elvira Salazar (Fla.), Lloyd Smucker (Pa.) and Fred Upton (Mich.).

Seven of those Republicans — Bacon, Fitzpatrick, Garbarino, Katko, Posey, Salazar and Upton — are co-sponsors of the bill.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) is listed as a cosponsor but voted against the bill on Thursday. The Hill reached out to his office for comment.

Smucker spoke in support of the bill during debate on the House floor Thursday, arguing that the measure would be a “net positive” if Puerto Rico decides to become the 51st state in the U.S.

“We have not provided them every tool we possibly can to ensure they can be prosperous,” Smucker said.

“Let’s give every tool that we possibly can — include full citizenship in the United States of America, if that is what they choose — to be prosperous, to contribute to the American economy, and I think we can look at this as a net positive. It will be a net positive if, indeed, Puerto Rico chooses to become the 51st state,” he later added.

The Pennsylvania Republican did, however, note his understanding of GOP criticisms that the bill came up quickly and leaves several questions unanswered, depending on what Puerto Rico residents decide in the vote.

Salazar celebrated the House passing the bill on Twitter, writing in Spanish that it was “a historic day.”


The legislation now heads to the Senate, where it faces an unlikely future as the chamber requires at least 60 votes for passage.

A group of lawmakers announced a deal on the measure Wednesday night. Shortly after, it was added to the House schedule for Thursday.

Source: Insider



  1. John

    December 17, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I am PUERTORRICAN and I would HATE to be a state, those who want PR the o be a state should move to the existing 50

    • Rafael Sánchez Valentin

      December 18, 2022 at 8:19 am

      No hay peor cuña que la del mismo palo. Temor nos tienes porque te vamos a probar que somos mejores que tu.

      • Rafael Sánchez Valentin

        December 20, 2022 at 9:15 pm

        es broma por supuesto

  2. John Rodgers

    December 19, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    16 House Republicans vote for suicide to the party! Time to rid Congress of the rinos!

  3. Kajun Klown

    December 19, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    “All persons born in Puerto Rico on or after January 13, 1941, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, are citizens of the United States at birth”
    I would say that becoming a state would be the next logical thing to do. If citizens of Puerto Rico are already US citizens at birth, what is the big deal with the territory becoming a full fledged state?

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