“Florida Sen. Rick Scott will play a key role in the movement of the bill in the Senate, but he has thus far declined to cosponsor the legislation, despite previous statements in favor of statehood.

Scott voiced his support for Puerto Rican statehood on the campaign trail in 2018 while receiving the endorsement of the bill’s author, Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, in Kissimmee, the epicenter of the Puerto Rican population on the mainland. At that time, he said that he supported statehood for Puerto Rico and that Congress should “respect the will of the people of Puerto Rico” who had recently voted in favor of statehood in an island-wide 2017 plebiscite.”