Puerto Rico statehood delegation meets to define course for DC
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Wednesday that he held a meeting in La Fortaleza with the members of the Puerto Rico Statehood Commission to define the course of action the delegation will take in Washington, D.C., at the start of the new year.
“The purpose and the commitment of the Commission consist of claiming equal rights through statehood for our Island. The time to start this offensive has arrived and we will proceed on various fronts and political scenarios,” the delegation’s members said in a joint statement.
The representatives of the congressional delegation of Puerto Rico will present their credentials before the legislative chambers of the U.S. Congress during the second week of January.
In addition, the members announced that they support the governor’s call for Puerto Rican voters to participate in the U.S. midterm elections in support of candidates who commit to statehood for Puerto Rico.
The Statehood Commission, created by Act 30 of 2017, is composed of former Govs. Pedro Rosselló, Carlos Romero Barceló and Luis Fortuño; the president of the Democratic Party in Puerto Rico, Charlie Rodríguez; the national committeewoman of the Republican Party, Zoraida Fonalledas; Baseball Hall of Fame member Iván Rodríguez; and retired Major Gen. Félix Santoni.
They said details about their agenda for January in the U.S. capital will be given in the next few days.
“I appreciate the commitment that was reaffirmed today by the members of the Puerto Rico Statehood Commission to promote in Washington the full recognition of the civil and political rights that belong to the American citizens of Puerto Rico,” Rosselló said.
The governor assured that they “are going to demand the solution to the problems that affect the quality of life of our people, through the admission of Puerto Rico as the 51st state of the Nation. That is our commitment.”