The effort has little chance of success since adding a 51st State that would most assuredly vote Democratic isn’t what the Republican majority Congress would want to have…
Add an economy in deep trouble and the two things are giant roadblocks in the way of Congressional action…
The Commonwealth wants to have a non-binding vote on the issue, but the Dept. of Justice must approve the wording of the vote and they have NOT moved on the request….
The Justice Department must approve ballot language for the vote on whether to keep Puerto Rico’s political status, which at first only included two options: statehood or independence.
[ Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo] Rosselló, joined by the commonwealth’s nonvoting member of Congress Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez, and Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, told reporters and congressional staff assembled on Capitol Hill that the ballot would be consistent with language the Justice Department had required.
“This is a mandate that Congress did,” Gonzalez said, referring to a broader 2014 government funding law passed by Congress that provides $2.5 million for a referendum.
While the bill didn’t actually mandate a vote, it did require the Justice Department to certify language at least 45 days before ballots were cast and allowed that some of the money could also be used for educational materials if Puerto Rico opted for the referendum.
Even if the Justice Department were to approve ballot language, Congress has shown little interest in adding a new state. Republicans worry that Puerto Rico would consistently send Democrats to the House and Senate. And the commonwealth would bring the baggage of a massive debt crisis and sky-high unemployment….Share on Facebook