STATEHOOD BILL COULD MAKE PUERTO RICO A STATE BEFORE 2020
A bipartisan group of representatives joined with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (D) Thursday to present a bill that would admit the territory as a state within 90 days of passage.
The bill's author, Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.), said the plan's simplicity makes it different from all previous attempts at Puerto Rico statehood.
"This bill is different in that it's just a straight admissions bill. All other bills before it were either calling for an additional plebiscite or had multiple conditions, committees and task forces that the status would have to jump through hoops on," said Soto, the first Florida representative of Puerto Rican origin.
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