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H.R. 727 (114th): Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Process Act

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About the bill

The Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Process Act, H.R. 727, would begin a process for making Puerto Rico the 51st U.S. state. The bill was introduced by Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR), the island’s delegate to Congress who can introduce, cosponsor, and weigh in on bills, but cannot cast a vote.

What the bill does

H.R. 727 would set the first-ever federally-sponsored vote in Puerto Rico in 2017 on whether the territory should become a state. A locally-sponsored nonbinding referendum on the same question in 2012 received overwhelming approval in favor of statehood: 61 percent for statehood, 33 percent for the status quo, and 6 percent for independence.

If a majority of Puerto Rican voters again favor statehood in this federally-sponsored vote, the bill would allow Puerto Ricans to ...

Sponsor and status

Pedro Pierluisi

Sponsor. Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015
Length: 14 pages
Feb 4, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 4, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


110 Cosponsors (95 Democrats, 14 Republicans, 1 Independent)



Feb 4, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 727 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 727. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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