CCAGW Urges Support for H.R. 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Support for H.R. 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018

June 28, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support H.R. 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018 introduced by Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-Puerto Rico).

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been an unincorporated territory of the United States for nearly 120 years. While local state governance for Puerto Rico was approved by Congress in 1952, the island continues to lag behind states and international competitors. For the last 12 years, Puerto Rico has been stuck in a deep recession that hit a precipice in May 2017 when the commonwealth filed for the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy in history. Even before the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, the territory’s debt stood at $73 billion and unemployment was 11.5 percent.

In order to fix Puerto Rico’s unstable fiscal course, efforts should be made to clear a path to statehood. Positioning Puerto Rico to become a state would provide uniform laws, tax policies, and regulations that could unleash the commonwealth’s economic potential and allow it to compete more effectively both domestically and globally. Creating a more level playing field would encourage business investment, improve its ability to react and recover from natural disasters, and reverse the trend of migration from the island that has put a budgetary strain on mainland states like Florida.

H.R. 6246 provides the pathway to stability and statehood for Puerto Rico. This legislation would establish a bipartisan task force to identify laws that need to be reformed for the territory to become a state by 2021 and recommend economic measures that Puerto Rico should adhere to in its transition to statehood.

The people of Puerto Rico have chosen twice in the last five years that they no longer want to be a territory. H.R. 6246 gives Congress the opportunity to set Puerto Rico on a trajectory to become the 51st state, and in doing so, provide institutional stability and generate economic growth for the island and the nation. CCAGW urges you to co-sponsor H.R. 6246 and support its prompt enactment.


Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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