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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following reports that the Department of Justice altered the referendum on Puerto Rico's independence:
"I was disappointed that the Justice Department chose to interfere in Puerto Rico's planned referendum on statehood. By doing so, the Trump Administration is demonstrating exactly why a majority of Puerto Ricans voted five years ago for a change in status - they want to determine for themselves the future of the island, including whether to join the union as our fifty-first state, not be told what to do by a federal government in which they currently have no voting representation. I will continue to stand up in Congress for the people of Puerto Rico, who are American citizens, to ensure that they can choose the status they believe is best for them and their future, and I urge the Justice Department to release funds to the Puerto Rican government as promised in 2014."