Conservatives support statehood for Puerto Rico because:

  • Puerto Ricans are American citizens who have served meritoriously in every war since World War I. They deserve a solution to the fiscal crises plaguing the territory.
  • American taxpayers deserve a solution for Puerto Rico that doesn’t leave them on the hook for a suffering economy.
 
Giving Puerto Rico a pathway to statehood would establish it as an important national security stronghold in the Caribbean, thriving economy, and conservative voice in the Union.
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Consensus for Statehood

"There are 3.7 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico. As citizens, they should be entitled to determine for themselves their political status."President Donald Trump

Every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Donald Trump has stated that Puerto Rico should have the political status preferred by its people. And the American citizens of Puerto Rico – both living on the island and living on the mainland – overwhelmingly agree on statehood.

97%

of Puerto Ricans voted for statehood in 2017

76%

of Republican Puerto Rican voters in the swing districts of Central Florida support statehood

85%

of Republican Puerto Rican voters in the swing districts of Central Florida rank Puerto Rican statehood as a top priority issue

Conservatives support statehood.

"We recognize the right of the Puerto Rican people to self-determination. If they choose statehood, we will work together to devise a union of promise and opportunity in our Federal union of sovereign States."President Ronald Reagan

Conservatives continue to step forward in support of statehood for Puerto Rico:

Citizens Against Government Waste
Hispanic Leadership Fund
Niger Innis - National Tea Party Leader
Congressman Rob Bishop - Ranking Member, House Natural Resources Committee

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Why conservatives support statehood.

Puerto Rico residents are already American citizens. Providing the territory with a path to statehood will benefit both the island and the U.S. at large.

American Values

Studies have consistently shown that Puerto Ricans hold religiously, socially, and fiscally conservative American values. They support traditional American family values, elect GOP leaders, serve in the U.S. military, and support economically conservative policies. While politically liberal Puerto Ricans exist as they do in every state in the U.S., conservatives are winning the political competition.

Economic Potential

Statehood is the pro-growth solution for Puerto Rico and the U.S. at large. Statehood will position the island for tremendous economic growth without additional federal investment. In fact, the most recent territories to become states — Hawaii and Alaska — averaged double-digit economic growth for more than a decade after admission.

National Security

The State Department and USAID agree that the Caribbean is vital to U.S. national security. Puerto Rico is a strategic stronghold for the U.S., serving as our nation’s “third border” in the Caribbean. Once admitted as a state, Puerto Rico will possess the same resources the U.S. border states have today, allowing it to serve as the national security hub for our nation’s Caribbean strategy.

Why now?

While Puerto Ricans are tax-paying Americans, individuals and businesses on the island face devastating hurdles that do not exist in the states. In recent years, the federal government – and the American taxpayer – have been forced to step in as Puerto Rico faced crippling economic and natural disaster-induced devastation.

900,000

American citizens of Puerto Rico have left the island for the states in the past decade

$72 Billion

in Puerto Rican debt

$95 Billion

in projected 2017 hurricane season damages

The Solution

"Congress should approve an enabling act with terms for Puerto Rico’s future admission as the 51st state of the Union."2016 Republican Party Platform

The solution is clear: Puerto Rico needs a pathway to statehood.

Congress must pass legislation that would allow Puerto Rico to become a state on terms defined by Congress if the people of Puerto Rico approve statehood.

Puerto Rico must host a vote on statehood to remove any doubt of Puerto Rico residents’ sentiment. It should be a simple vote asking: “Do you approve Puerto Rico’s admission as a state of the union on equal footing with all other states, and with equal rights and duties of state and national citizens?”

If election results favor statehood:

  • Puerto Rico residents must be allowed to elect U.S. Senate and House of Representatives members, and the President must issue a proclamation officially declaring Puerto Rico a state.
  • An appropriate process for resolving any conflicts between federal and existing territorial law must be implemented.
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