From the article with my empahises in red.
Proponents say the measure gives citizens of the island the right to self-determination. Critics say the measure is a device to impose statehood on a population that doesn't want it. Thursday's action was nonbinding, and if Puerto Ricans eventually select statehood, Congress would still have to vote to admit the island to the union as the 51st state.
The issue divided Democrats and Republicans alike as liberal Democrats with ties to Puerto Rico teamed with conservative Republicans to oppose the measure.
The divides were particularly stark among members of the House Republican leadership team. House Minority Leader John Boehner,R-Ohio, voted against the legislation. Meantime, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind., voted in favor.
Good news is that even if the senate passes it now, PR still has to vote on it and then it still has to come back to be voted on by congress again. So lots of voting still.
HOWEVER Pence voted yes? what the heck? I though pence was 1 of us (yeah need to define this I know) but is he not pro-2A and a conservative? Why is he voting yes for this?