Puerto Rico Could Be Granted Statehood With New Bill

by Garry Watts March 31, 2019, 1:54

Does it feel that way sometimes? Gov. Ricardo Rossello has been critical as well, accusing the administration of erecting roadblocks to the funding.

"Puerto Rico shouldn't be talking about statehood until they get some people that really know what they're doing", Trump told Geraldo Rivera in September 2018.

Amid the rising tensions between US President Donald Trump and Rossello over the slow disaster relief efforts for the island which was devastated after Hurricane Maria. "We have $91 billion going to Puerto Rico". He noted that the USA government was giving more money to the island than to Texas or to Florida, which also suffered destructive hurricanes. Puerto Rico has been taken care of better by Donald Trump than by any living human being. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., among other candidates, have called for admitting Puerto Rico as a state if that is what the island votes to approve. Marco Rubio of Florida said Trump told Republicans at a closed-door luncheon that aid for Puerto Rico "is way out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others have gotten".

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Puerto Rico has been in an economic recession for about 13 years and faces a government debt crisis, leading hundreds of thousands of residents to move to the States as the island's poverty rate rise about three times as high as the average in the United States.

US Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Jamie Raskin of Maryland, both Democrats, as well as Puerto Rico Sen. "It's very poor relative to Katrina".

Rossello said he has been asking for a meeting with the President for months so he could explain what is happening, but Trump has so far refused to talk to him. "Why he would be able to sit down with those two folks why wouldn't he sit down with one of his governors?"

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