Representative Lizzie Fletcher of Texas is the latest cosponsor of HR 1522, the Puerto Rico Statehood Admissions Bill.
Fletcher has a history of supporting disaster assistance for Puerto Rico. She serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
She also has a larger number of people of Puerto Rican heritage as constituents than most representatives in Texas. Some 30,000 people identifying as Puerto Rican live in the Greater Houston- Sugarland area which Fletcher represents.
But Fletcher supports statehood for Puerto Rico just as the majority of Americans do, without special ties to the Island. She is known for her support of civli rights and justice for all.
“We must work for equality, justice, and freedom for all Americans,” Fletcher says. “There is no doubt that our history is complex; we are an imperfect people with an imperfect past. ”
HR 1522, the Puerto Rico Statehood Admissions Bill, is a bill to act on the expressed will of Puerto Rico voters, who voted for statehood on November 3rd, 2020. If passed, the bill will require Congress to offer statehood to the people of Puerto Rico.
The Island’s voters will then have the opportunity to ratify the statehood vote. If the voters once again choose statehood — as they did in 2020, 2017, and 2012 — Puerto Rico will be admitted as the 51st state of the Union.
This bill is supported by both the Governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, and the resident commissioner, Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon.
Read more about HR 1522.