Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly in favor of statehood on Sunday in a referendum that begins the steps toward sending representatives to Washington, D.C.
According to The Wall Street Journal, 97 percent of voters chose statehood, though turnout was only about 23 percent. One-and-a-half percent voted for independence from the United States, according to Decision Desk HQ, while 1.3 percent voted to keep the current status of a territory of the United States. . . Read Complete Report
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States of America? She sits in an in-between limbo, neither a state or an independent nation. So how did Puerto Rico become owned by, but not part of America?
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A Senate panel is taking a look at the possibility of turning Washington, DC into the 51st state. Over 630,000 people currently reside in the federal district, but have no representation in Congress. Residents have long fought for the right to have a say in the government that taxes them, but politics is a perpetual roadblock in their quest. DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss joins RT’s Ameera David to discuss the fight and its implications.