As pote said, the status quo works for us. While both parties claim that they support statehood the percieved political leaning of the island to the Democrats mean Republicans will consistently resist it.
The status quo is not working for ANYONE. Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto is from the PPD party. Founded by Luis Munoz Rivera. It was a pro independence party of autonomists that struck a deal with the Roosevelt administration to give up their push for independence if they agreed to allow the USA to hang on to Puerto Rico as a military and geopolitical outpost to help the USA keep its eye on Central America and South America and the rest of the Caribbean including Cuba. To this day if you read the NYT article on who she is they are accusing her of being a socialist and a leftist from the old wing of that party. You had better study Puerto Rican political history Mikema. The status quo party is the PPD. Not the PNP or the PIP. Puerto Rico recently has had a series of new parties crop up. Some of them are highly unorthodox. The most conservative political party on the island is the Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) a misnomer because progressive has nothing to do with that party. It is a statehood party founded in 1968 by a bunch of ex Cuban Right Wing Exiles and Washington Republicans from the opposing party of Kennedy who later filtered into the Nixon administration. They were upset about Cuban Revolutions and losing their grip on the Spanish speaking Caribbean with the DR, PR and Cuba. So they cooked up the statehood party who never wanted any kind of independence and got extremely aggressive repressing the nationalist sentiments on the island and being independent. In the process the moderate PPD became the 'status quo' party. Yet even they over the years have been choking by the restrictions imposed by the Jones Act, and taxes and investments leaving the island to be reinvested in banks who have no interest in growing the local Puerto Rican economy. Since there are no votes allowed or reps or senators who can vote allowed in DC for Puerto Rican interests? The banks were allowed to create rules, laws and economic plans that were detrimental to Puerto Rico but favored the USA only. And the private sector vulture capitalists. That is why Trump is worried about shipping interests and Wall Street bankers instead of relief efforts. The man is transparent in his business dealings with his cronies. He is not worried about lack of water and food Ricans. He is worried about how much money the treasury might have to pour into Puerto Rico and not having our debt be serviced and saying no to his crony capitalist ass investors.
It would also need to be bailed out and there are some groups that make a buck off its status so they would resist it.
The status quo is always an easy option.
The statehooders are worried now. They are realizing Trumpet man is not going to be happy about giving money he needs for his schemes in DC. He needs money for his war in who knows Korea or Asia now? He needs money for his wall in the Southern Border, he needs money for x and y and not for a bunch of non voting Puerto Ricans who are not his base. What are the statehooders gonna do now? Sing his praises while the average Puerto Rican sees no improvement in electrical power or water service for MONTHS? Time to unmask the liars and the fakers. It is truth time. As all crisis is that. The Chinese proverb is right. Crisis is danger and opportunity. Both. And this is the opportunity to see what the USA's gov't real intention is towards Puerto Rico. If they renege on BILLIONS to rebuild? They have spoken.
Please check out this article in the NYT about who Carmen Yulin Cruz is:
Wikipedia gives a brief bio on her. She is a graduate from Boston University in Political Science. B.A. She also has a Master's in Public Admin from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. She worked for the PPD for years.
She beat out Santini the old Mayor from the PNP and his crony who had a scandal about domestic violence that made him look bad.
Check this out: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/us/s ... -cruz.html
Her resume is about corporate jobs. She is not a socialist. This doesn't surprise me. Because American Democrats are very watery leftists. Most others in other countries and from other cultures (including Latin American politics) the Left is a lot more left. Not Carmen. Carmen Yulin is a moderate.