A historic day for Puerto Rico, says Pierluisi
The last one was not enough: Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi says another plebiscite is coming for Puerto Rico.
Shortly after the White House released the 2014 budget, Pierluisi—Puerto Rico’s sole representative in Congress, and who is for statehood—announced that it includes the allotment of $2.5 million to go towards a new plebiscite to vote on the island’s territorial status.
“Today is a historic day for all of us that fight for equality and justice for Puerto Rico,” Pierluisi said in a statement. “The White House recognizes that in Nov. 06 the majority of American citizens in Puerto Rico revoked their consent to continue with the current territorial status because it denies the residents of Puerto Rico fundamental rights of democracy.”
A similar plebiscite took place just last November, and the option of statehood won. However, some have brought the result into question.