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.
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.
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 - Chairman, House Natural Resources Committee Congressman Doug LaMalfa - Chairman, House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
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.
The Solution: The Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018
"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.
Puerto Rico’s representative to Congress, Republican Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colon, introduced H.R. 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018, to provide Puerto Rico with a pathway to statehood. The Puerto Rico Admission Act would:
- Create a transition process to admit Puerto Rico to the Union on equal footing with other states by January 1, 2021.
- Establish a bipartisan and bicameral Congressional Task Force on the Equality for the United States Citizens of Puerto Rico. The Task Force would provide recommendations – upon which Congress would enact legislation – for:
- Modifying U.S. laws to phase-in equal treatment of Puerto Rico
- Providing temporary economic incentives to assist Puerto Rico’s transition from a territory to a state
- Creating timelines and rules guiding the election of federal offices
- Studying the best approach for the reapportioning or adding voting seats to the U.S. House of Representatives