Alaska Congressman Don Young is supporting the addition of a new State of the Union.
Alaska’s representative observed a statehood vote on Puerto Rico last week. Approximately 97 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of Puerto Rico becoming a state.
It’s currently a U.S. territory whose congressional representative can’t vote on issues.
Young says the arguments against statehood are familiar.
“We were the 49th state, and I heard the same arguments then,” Young said. “Why should we? We’re a long ways away, and they forgot we were American citizens as right now Puerto Rico is American citizens.”
Not all Puerto Ricans support the change from the Commonwealth to state. Some protesters took to the streets afterward demanding independence.