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Three GOP lawmakers are advising Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to hold a plebiscite, or referendum, on the question of Puerto Rico joining the U.S. as a state.
Reps. Rob Bishop, Doug LaMalfa and Don Young joined Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González in a letter to Rosselló and to other top members of the island government Monday.
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“After much bipartisan discussion with our colleagues in Congress, we are writing to suggest a next step that can be taken to resolve, once and for all, the century-old issue of Puerto Rico’s political status,” the letter said. “Given the overwhelming, pro-statehood results of the past two votes, we propose the following solution: legislate a new plebiscite that simply asks: ‘Statehood: Yes or No?'”
“The results of such a plebiscite would constitute an indisputable expression of the will of the people of Puerto Rico, with their decision being made by those who vote,” the letter said.
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Puerto Rico has held seven plebiscites on the commonwealth’s relationship with the U.S. The commonwealth status quo option won four plebiscites between 1950 and 1993. In 1998, an ambiguous “none of the above” option won the vote after Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party (PDP) urged voters...
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