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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:06 PM

Coronavirus Funding Shows Need for Statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C.

Cady Stanton of the Washington Monthly has pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a spotlight on some problems in the United States. “The coronavirus pandemic has revealed many flaws in America,” she wrote. “It has also reinforced the need to address certain geographic inequities. Case in point: D.C. and Puerto Rico are less equipped to fight the virus than most of the rest of the nation simply because they are not states.”

“Some parts of the country,” she continues, “are getting a lot less help than others.”

States will receive funds according to their populations, with the smallest states receiving at least $1.25 billion. However, all the territories — in this case including D.C. — will share $3 billion.

The $3 billion will be divided among Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia, according to their populations.

Read more: https://www.puertoricoreport.com/coronavirus-funding-shows-need-for-statehood-for-puerto-rico-and-d-c/#.XoaZFGHPzIU

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