Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi expects the US House of Representatives to introduce legislation on statehood by mid-March, saying he has spoken to members of Congress about their plans.
Pierluisi, who leads the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, revealed his expectations while speaking to “Axios on HBO” in an interview set to air Monday.
“What I anticipate is that there will be considerable support for a statehood bill in this Congress,” Pierluisi told the outlet.
“I believe you’ll see bills being introduced in the House at the latest by mid-March of this year, so within a month,” he added, citing conversations with Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) and Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR).
Up until 2017, Pierluisi represented the island in the House where he caucused with the Democrats, which explains his already close working relationships with many in the body. He was sworn in as governor last month.
“I have gotten calls from members of the Senate inquiring about this issue and exploring