Schumer backs statehood for Puerto Rico, DC if Democrats win Senate majority

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said “everything is on the table” if Democrats win a majority of the Senate, including making Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, states.

“I’m not busting my chops to become majority leader to do very little or nothing. We are going to get a whole lot done. And as I’ve said, everything, everything is on the table,” the New York Democrat said on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” on Wednesday.

He also said Senate Democrats are “using all the tactics we can” to slow down or block the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Host Joy Reid asked Schumer if statehood would be on the table for Washington and Puerto Rico if Democrats control the chamber next year.

“I would – believe me, on D.C. and Puerto Rico, particularly if Puerto Rico votes for it, D.C. already has voted for it and wants it. I’d love to make them states,” he said.

Democrats are up in arms over the nomination of Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on Sept. 18.

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