“We need a game changer in Puerto Rico. And one game changer would be that we get equal treatment in key federal programs,” Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi told “Axios on HBO.”
“Statehood is not a panacea,” Pierluisi said. “Of course we have to do better. But there’s no question that having two senators and four representatives in Congress batting for us when needed would make a difference.”
“The key is that this framework would be developed by Puerto Ricans and for Puerto Ricans, not dictated to them like so many previous policies,” wrote last year Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an oped for NBC News. “The people of Puerto Rico deserve true empowerment. It would be an affront to that goal for the U.S. Congress to blindly push the island toward one political solution.”
Ocasio-Cortez also has been very vocal on how the island politics should transform.
“For all the partisans who think PR statehood automatically = 2 Dem seats: think again,” she tweeted last October. “Puerto Rican politics is incredibly complicated bc it isn’t on a Dem-GOP spectrum like the US. It’s colonized. The sole DC Rep caucuses w/ GOP. We need decolonization, not status imposition.”
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