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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said after the island's Sunday referendum on statehood that he would start taking steps to pitch the Congress on the idea of passing legislation to make Puerto Rico the 51st state.
"Today Puerto Ricans are sending a strong and clear message to the world, claiming equal rights as American citizens," Rossello said Sunday in a statement released Monday. "It is now up to us to bring those results to Washington with the force of a democratic exercise, supervised by a National and International Observer Mission, which has validated the process as properly organized, just and democratic."
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"This mission will be reporting to Congress and the federal government on this historic election," he said.
Puerto Rico has held votes on statehood before but has never seen results as stark as they were on Sunday. A full 97 percent of those voting said they wanted statehood, after a few years of a stagnant economy that has only made its debt crisis worse.
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However, just 23 percent of the island's eligible voters participated in the election. The Republican-led Congress is already seen as either averse or uninterested in making Puerto Rico a state, and...
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