Supreme Court seems divided over Puerto Rico’s exclusion from federal benefits

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The Supreme Court heard arguments on a potential landmark case Tuesday looking into whether it’s constitutional to deny federal benefits to aging and disabled U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico, even though they can access them if they live on the mainland.

The justices seemed divided on the issue as they questioned Deputy Solicitor General Curtis Gannon as he argued on behalf of the Department of Justice in favor of excluding Puerto Rican residents from Supplemental Security Income benefits.

These benefits, also known as SSI, are meant to help disabled, older and blind people who struggle financially. They are available to U.S. citizens living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands but not for those who live in the other U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

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