Eight new cosponsors signed on to the Puerto Rico Admission Act this month:
- Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9)
- Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-2)
- Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2)
- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20)
- Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI-1)
- Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7)
- Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
- Rep. Val Demings (D-FL-10)
This brings the total of cosponsors to 53.
This group includes people from states like Florida and Massachusetts which have relatively large populations of people of Puerto Rican heritage, and reps from states with less than one percent Puerto Rican population, like Arizona and Colorado.
There are reps from small states like Rhode Island (the smallest state in the Union) and from bigger states like Georgia. There are people with personal connections to Puerto Rico (Steve Cohen’s wife is of Puerto Rican heritage). Most have been vocal supporters of Puerto Rico for years or have spoken up for Puerto Rico during the response to Hurricane Maria.
If your congressman or congresswoman is on the list, please thank them.
If they still are not on the list of cosponsors, please ask them to add their names.
Statehood for Puerto Rico is a question of civil rights. 3.4 million U.S. citizens living in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico cannot vote for president and have no voting members in Congress. If you live in a state, you have the opportunity to speak up for Puerto Rico.
Our Contact Your Legislators page makes it easy. You don’t have to know the name of your representative. Just share your zip code, and send an email to your rep. You can use our example as a starting point or write your own personal massage. You can also call or tweet, or use the Sound Off widget on the right of this page.
Members of Congress care what their constituents think. Congress will make the decision about statehood. Speak up!