Alaska’s Don Young applauds Puerto Rico statehood vote

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico voted overwhelming for statehood in a
non-binding referendum on Sunday (June 11).

Rep. Don Young (Photo: Facebook)

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Alaska Congressman Don Young went there with other U.S. lawmakers as an election observer. His spokesman Matt Shuckerow says Young favors self-determination for Puerto Rico and personally believes statehood is a good idea.

Puerto Rico has voted repeatedly on whether to change its legal status but
only Congress has the power to grant statehood.

Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Alaska Public Media. She reports from the U.S. Capitol and from Anchorage. Reach her at

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