Passed House & Senate — Feb 10, 2016
Last Action: On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.
Explanation: This bill was passed by Congress on February 10, 2016 and goes to the President next.
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Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Because it is not a state, it has no senators or representatives in Congress.
Instead, it sends a delegate to the House of Representatives, called the Resident Commissioner, with essentially no voting privileges. Delegates have a marginal role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.