We appreciate the nine members of California’s Congressional delegation who are already cosponsoring HR 1522, the Puerto Rico Statehood Admissions Act.

Here they are:

  • Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]*
  • Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24]*
  • Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]*
  • Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9]*
  • Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]*
  • Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]*
  • Rep. Gomez, Jimmy [D-CA-34]*
  • Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]*
  • Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]*

Dr. Ami Bera, a physician, spoke out for humanitarian aide for Puerto Rico after the 2017 hurricane season, referencing the terrible health and safety issues the Island face.

Rep. Jerry McNerney proposed the Resilient Networks Act with Rep. Frank Pallone. The bill, which focused on building resilient communication networks for emergency situations, called for an audit of  the response to the FCC’s response in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Rep.Eric Swalwell tweeted,”My heart goes out to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. They need our support now more than ever. Federal inaction is not an option.” He was referring to the earthquakes of 2020. He also cosponsored the Statehood Act in 2019. We appreciate Rep. Swalwell’s ongoing support.

Rep. Juan Vargas has also cosponsored previous statehood bills. He has also supported Puerto Rico in recent disasters.

Rep. Jimmy Gomez said, “Through advocacy and civic engagement, Latinos and Latinas have been at the forefront of the fight to advance civil and workers’ rights. And with their military and public service, we have worked tirelessly to chart a course for our nation that keeps intact the promise of prosperity, equality, and justice for all — including the citizens in Puerto Rico.”

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan has cosponsored previous statehood bills.  Rep. Alan Lowenthal sat on the House Committee on Natural Resources.

In other words, many of these legislators have had some prior experience with Puerto Rico. Some Members of Congress haven’t thought yet about Puerto Rico. Contact your legislators and make sure that they have a chance to give the issue some thought.

The more people know about Puerto Rico, the more likely they are to favor statehood. Help your reps learn more.



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