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H.R. 6246 (115th): Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018

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About the bill

Puerto Rico is home to 3.3 million people — all American citizens. But they don’t receive congressional representation or presidential votes.

Some analysts also believe Puerto Rico was treated as much more of an afterthought by federal response agencies after their Hurricane Maria last year, compared to red states Texas or Florida were after their similar natural disasters. (See the Politico investigation titled How Trump Favored Texas Over Puerto Rico.)

Puerto Rico itself voted for statehood by an overwhelming 97 percent in a referendum last year — although it would still need congressional action for full approval.

What the bill does

The Puerto Rico Admission Act [H.R. 6246] would officially make the territory the 51st U.S. state, no later than 2021.

The bill was introduced by the territory’s nonvoting …

Sponsor and status

Jenniffer González-Colón

Sponsor. Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 27, 2018
Length: 15 pages
Jun 27, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 27, 2018, 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).


58 Cosponsors (32 Democrats, 26 Republicans)



Jun 27, 2018

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

H.R. 6246 (115th) 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. 6246. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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