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Public Pressure Key to Pushing Puerto Rico Status Vote: Grijalva

  • US Rep. Grijalva on island promoting Puerto Rico Status Act
  • The measure faces stiff Republican resistance in Senate
The Puerto Rico Status Act faces stiff resistance from Republicans. 

The Puerto Rico Status Act faces stiff resistance from Republicans. 

Photographer: Xavier Garcia/Bloomberg

Public support for a proposal that would trigger a referendum to determine Puerto Rico’s political future will be key to forcing the measure through the US Senate where it faces stiff Republican resistance, Representative Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, said.  

“There is a general understanding that legacies have to change and that the legacy of Puerto Rico being a colony for 124 years is a legacy that has to change,” Grijalva said in a telephone interview Saturday from Puerto Rico. “I think there will be a great deal of public initiative to move this forward and I hope the Senate pays attention.”