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US House Floats Draft Bill to ‘De-Colonize’ Puerto Rico

  • The Puerto Rico Status Act would trigger binding referendum
  • Legislation would face Republican opposition in US Senate
The Old San Juan neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Old San Juan neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Photographer: Xavier Garcia/Bloomberg
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House lawmakers are working on legislation that, if passed, would trigger a binding referendum on Puerto Rico’s political status.

Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer Thursday said he’ll introduce the “Puerto Rico Status Act,” a compromise measure that would allow the US commonwealth of 3.2 million people to determine its fate.