Congress has passed HR 8393, the Puerto Rico Status Act. The bill gives the voters of Puerto Rico the chance to choose from among the three permanent status options available under the U.S. Constitution:
- Free Association with the United States
Under the terms of the bill, Puerto Rico voters would have the chance to choose from these options in November. If one of the choices gets the majority of votes, it will become the new political status of the Island. If none of the options gets a majority of votes, there will be a run-off between the two top choices.
In any case, Puerto Rico will no longer be an unincorporated territory belonging to the United States. The Island will be sovereign, as a state or a nation.
Who voted for the bill?
The vote was 233-191, with Yes votes from all the Democrats and 16 of the Republicans.
Republicans voting for the bill:
- Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)
- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
- Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
- Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX)
- Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY)
- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
- Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
- Rep. David Joyce (R-OH)
- Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
- Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
- Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
- Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL)
- Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)
- Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
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If your representative voted for the bill, please consider thanking them directly.
We at PR51st also want to thank you and the thousands of individuals across the nation who reached out to their representatives in Congress and encouraged their friends and families to do the same. This groundswell of support is what has brought us to this historic moment.
While it is not likely that the Senate will pass any version of the bill this year, we are closer to achieving statehood than we ever have been before.
This is the first time that Congress has passed a bill providing a choice among the non-territorial options. It is the first time the leadership of the different positions on status have worked together to craft a compromise bill all could agree on. It is the first time the House has agreed to a self-executing bill.
We will continue to work toward the eventual goal of statehood and equal rights for Puerto Rico. We look forward to working alongside you for this momentous achievement.