After the results of the vote on the issue of statehood in Puerto Rico, New York State Assembly Member Michael A. Blake released the following statement:
Today, Puerto Rico voted in a non-binding referendum in favor of United States statehood. An overwhelming 97% of the people who voted supported statehood. I commend all of the Puerto Rican men and women who participated in the democratic process and applaud them for standing up and voting for their beliefs.
Now, it is Congress’ turn to listen to the Puerto Rican people. I urge the Republican Congress to respect the wishes of the Puerto Rican people and bring the issue of statehood up for a vote.