If I am not mistaken, they voted for statehood once before. I think that Congress voted against it though.
The theory bing, what House member wants to lose their seat, because the constitution calls for a mandatory 435 House seats. The moment Pourto Rico becomes a state, the country must be redistricted to allow for the new increase of population and allow Pourto Rico to have it’s share of Congressmen.
Considering the size of their population they would get about 5 members. Which Congressmen are willing to vote against their own interest? Remember, we are talking about politicians here. One thing they all have in common is they are narcicistic to a point.
So pourto Rico can continue voting for statehood, and they will continue getting denmied by Congress.
Now, let’s say they get statehood, would Obama want to start campaigning for 6 more so he can then claim was actually phsycic when he stated that he campaigned in all 57 states back in 2008?
I am wondering if Obama was referring to Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and maybe two others when he said 57. Are there two other territories or similar entities connected to the US?
The constitution does not limit the size of congress. Congress did that by a law and they can change it anytime they want to.
The Constitution calls for representation based on population but does not limit the number of seats in the House.