ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Rep. Don Younger has advocated for Puerto Rico statehood, a call that defies fellow celebration members throughout the nation and state.
Younger stated on Wednesday that the island’s statehood was lengthy overdue.
“I believe it’s time,” Younger stated. “So far as the plebiscites, we’ve had three of them. Every time we’ve really been victorious, within the sense of being a state.”
The latest plebiscite, or non-binding vote, on the island was in November. Greater than 52% of Puerto Ricans voted for statehood. However statehood requires congressional approval with a view to occur.
Puerto Rico statehood scares many Republicans, who’ve stated that it might guarantee Democratic management within the Senate for many years, Alaska Public Media reported.
Rep. Younger stated the partisan voting patterns of Puerto Rico’s citizens shouldn’t decide whether or not the island qualifies for statehood. Younger referred to the fights by Alaska and Hawaii for statehood, which occurred in 1959. He stated Alaska was predicted to ship virtually completely Democratic representatives to Congress whereas Hawaii was anticipated to ship all Republicans.