‘It’s long overdue’: Rep. Young breaks with GOP colleagues in supporting Puerto Rico statehood

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‘It’s long overdue’: Rep. Young breaks with GOP colleagues in supporting Puerto Rico statehood

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hobbitdude13

Taking bets on the House GOP censuring this guy before taking any action on Gaetz

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AvogadrosMoleSauce

The people of Puerto Rico, as well as our other territories, deserve to have a choice which will lead to actual statehood or independence. Being stuck as a territory because a political party doesn't want to face it's own unpopularity isn't a good reason to oppose their right to self-determination.

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ronm4c

You know who else supported PR statehood?From the [GOP 2016 platform page 30](https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/7019-republican-platform/cc2c15a0e1b432d6964b/optimized/full.pdf)> The Territory of Puerto Rico We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state. We further recognizethe historic significance of the 2012 local referendum in which a 54 percent majority voted to end Puerto Rico's current status as a U.S.territory, and 61 percentchose statehood over optionsfor sovereign nationhood. We support the federally sponsored political status referendum authorized and funded by an Act of Congress in 2014 to ascertain the aspirations of the people of Puerto Rico. Once the 2012 local vote for statehood is ratified, Congress should approve an enabling act with terms for Puerto Rico's future admission as the 51st state of the Union

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Blujeanstraveler

Considering the GOP's rough street play in the Senate, it's time the Democrats play on the street also, with Puerto Rico and Washington for statehood.

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nomonemad

He’s making the correct calculation that PR could easily end up with republican senators. It’s definitely not guaranteed that Dems would pick up senators there. But, as much as I wouldn’t want a red PR - I believe in democracy and letting the people vote. Unlike right-wingers.

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DownshiftedRare

It's the right thing to do, and who Puerto Rico sends to Congress does not matter.If the U.S. is a republic and not the same sort of empire it fought against in its founding revolution, then it shouldn't have colonies or "territories" or whatever it chooses to call them.The choice should be between Puerto Rican statehood and Puerto Rican independence.

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keepthepace

> Sen. Lisa Murkowski has the distinction of being born in a U.S. territory: In Ketchikan, a year and a half before Alaska became the 49th star on the flag. She said the people of Puerto Rico should work harder if they want statehood, like Alaskans did.> “They need to own this, determine this, fight for this rather than let this be a D.C.-led initiative,”> Murkowski acknowledges Puerto Ricans have already voted for statehood, but said that’s not enough.> “We voted, too,” she said, referring to territorial Alaskans. “What did we do? We fought and fought and fought for decades.”Well, they also [stormed the capitol in 1954 for that](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_United_States_Capitol_shooting), what exactly does she refer to when she says "fight harder", exactly? More domestic terrorism? More bribes? Be specific please.

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runawaytoaster

Don Young was born in 1933. Alaska became a state in 1959. He would have been a young adult when the statehood vote happened. Alaska is still a young state and we remember what it is like to be a territory. This vote in a lot of ways does not surprise me.

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otiswrath

Between Puerto Rico, DC, and Guam there are nearly 8 million Americans who are disenfranchised. Approximately 161 million people voted in 2020.Roughly 5% of Americans were straight up not allowed to vote in American elections regardless of the fact that they are subject to American laws and taxes.This feels ripe for a slogan, "No taxation without... something something."

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FirstFeline

Perhaps Republicans think the focused propaganda campaigned used to trick Florida cubans into voting nazi, will also work on Puerto Ricans?

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cspruce89

I don't know why people get all up in a fucking tizzy about adding states to the union.There are mother-fuckers alive TODAY (specifically the fucker of my mother) that were born when there were only 48 states.Shit, Hawaii wasn't even a state when they bombed Pearl Harbor.

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YouHaveTrashOpinions

You know what else is long overdue? The downfall of the old money grubbing homophobes

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Eyzagreen

What about actual relative representation that reflects relative population size? Why is California’s representation not 70 (it’s only 53) compared to Wyoming’s 1 when her population is more than 70 times that of Wyoming?

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pistolpeter33

I have nothing to say about this actual story other than that that thumbnail is a comically bad picture of Young. He just looks bizarre

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gohawks1201

Hope we see more GOP members supporting this. This isn’t a partisan issue. This is a human rights issue. Puerto Ricans deserve representation.

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JanFromEarth

What does the AMERICA FIRST caucus think about all this?

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MartialBob

A politician in favor of something because it's right and not because his party says so. What a concept.

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swell-shindig

Sounds like a House member who knows his vote doesn't matter anyway. I do not expect any support from the Senate, where it actually matters.

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jgeorge20

Fun fact: the 2016 GOP Platform actually calls for Puerto Rico statehood.Source: [https://www.puertoricoreport.com/u-s-party-platforms-and-puerto-rico/#.YHx1YWgpBQJ](https://www.puertoricoreport.com/u-s-party-platforms-and-puerto-rico/#.YHx1YWgpBQJ)

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Juvant

Is there any chance either DC or Puerto Rico become states without significant republican cooperation? Just can't imagine any scenario where the GQP agrees to allow more people to vote, especially in heavily minority populated areas.

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Fishyonekenobi

The only reason there will be political resistance is Republicans will feel “replaced”. Two Democratic senators horrors! Not granting statehood is institutional racism.

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lyingliar

How the balls is the GOP claiming that offering statehood to Puerto Rico and D.C. threatens democracy? Offering statehood extends democracy And gives voice to disenfranchised Americans.This is a very basic concept. There are not two sides to this argument.

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StinkyMcgee51

All those multimillionaires in humacao exploiting the tax code shitting bricks rn

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TonyDiff66

Let’s just grant them independence

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Kyuckaynebrayn

Hate this title only because it’s open-ended. It could imply the GOP supports Puerto Rico statehood. I wish more outlets would write directly:..breaks with GOP colleagues to support Puerto Rico statehood.It’s much more active and gets the point across directly.

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dadudemon

All of my Puerto Rican employees have been hard working and honest (and their familia* treated me like family). The GOP racist perspective against the PR folks is atrocious. It’s just bullshit.And the “50 states!” Excuse is bullshit, too.Please, bring on the PR statehood. I welcome you with open arms and hugs. It’s been a long time coming.*this was a legit typo but it stays. Coincidentally fits.

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