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COMMENTARY: Add New States and Increase the House of Representatives to 500

As the Founder and CEO of Whittier 360 News Network, I believe it is time for the United States to seriously consider expanding the size of the House of Representatives. With each passing year, the population of our great nation continues to grow, but the number of representatives in the House has remained stagnant at 435 since 1913. This has resulted in a significant imbalance in representation, with some states having many more representatives than others.

To address this issue, I propose that we add 5 new representatives for each new state that is admitted to the Union up to 500 maximum. This would not only ensure that the House of Representatives remains an effective and fair representation of the American people, but also encourage the admission of new states to the Union.

I also believe that it is time for Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Marianas, and US Virgin Islands, as well as Northern California, to be allowed to become their own states within the United States. While there are both positives and negatives to consider, the potential benefits of statehood for these areas far outweigh the negatives.

Puerto Rico, for example, is home to over 3 million American citizens who are currently denied many of the rights and benefits afforded to citizens of the 50 states. Statehood would give these citizens full voting rights, access to federal funding for education and infrastructure, and representation in Congress.

American Samoa, the Marianas, and US Virgin Islands are also home to large populations of American citizens who are currently denied the same rights and benefits as those living in the 50 states. Statehood would not only provide these citizens with full voting rights and representation in Congress, but also bring greater economic opportunities and resources to these areas.

Similarly, Northern California has a unique culture and economy that is currently not well represented in the state government. Statehood would allow the people of this region to have greater control over their own affairs and to better shape the policies that affect their lives.

Of course, there are also some potential downsides to expanding the size of the House of Representatives and admitting new states to the Union. For example, some argue that a larger House could lead to increased polarization and gridlock. Others worry that admitting new states could upset the balance of power in the Senate.

However, I believe that these concerns are outweighed by the benefits of expanding representation and giving more Americans a voice in their government. By adding one new representative for each new state and allowing Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Marianas, US Virgin Islands, and Northern California to become states, we can ensure that the House of Representatives remains an effective and fair representation of the American people.

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