Puerto Rico

White House Says Puerto Rico's Status Should Be Clarified

A territory? A state? Awesome beach-front property?


The White House clarified its stance on Puerto Rico statehood Tuesday, saying that the results of a November plebiscite were clear — and that Congress should now move forward on resolving the island's political status.

"To clarify, the results were clear, the people of Puerto Rico want the issue of status resolved, and a majority chose statehood in the second question," White House spokesman Luis Miranda said. "Now it is time for Congress to act and the administration will work with them on that effort, so that the people of Puerto Rico can determine their own future."