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Florida Rep. Darren Soto files bill to make Puerto Rico a state

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"We have seen time and time again that colonial status is simply not working", Soto said.

Rep. Darren Soto from Florida will present the bill that would automatically make the island part of the union if enacted.

The move comes as the Republican-controlled Senate considers a new disaster relief package for the territory and tensions rise between President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who supports the bill.

Puerto Rican Governor's top aides stated that White House officials on Wednesday had warned the representative of the island for pushing too hard to arrange a meeting to discuss the terrible situation of the U.S. territory with the President. Almost half a million votes were cast for statehood, but opnly 23 percent of eligible citizens voted.

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"From the day I was sworn in as Puerto Rico's sole representative in Congress, and filed the Puerto Rico Admission Act, I stated very clearly that I would work different strategies, across all platforms to achieve the full equality for Puerto Rico, which can only be achieved through statehood", Gonzalez said in a news release.

Only 46.6 percent of Puerto Rican voters supported statehood in that 1993 referendum. "We do not consider ourselves 'Americans, ' since we have our own culture, traditions, and language", Luis Nieves said.

Under a deal reached by Obama and the Republican Congress, Puerto Rico's budgets must now be approved by a fiscal control board, appointed by Congress and the White House, that has pushed cuts to health care, education and other programs run by the island's government. We have 29 billion to Texas and 12 billion to Florida for the hurricanes.

Rossello responded by attacking the president: "Enough with the insults and demeaning mischaracterizations". "I think the people of Puerto Rico understand it". Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke over the weekend called for admitting Puerto Rico as the 51st USA state, while Sens.

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