John Barrasso, center, has said that the Democratic Party "has moved far left" with proposals such as making Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. states, while Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell (left), said that both proposals are part of the Democrats' "socialist agenda". (The Associated Press)

Washington D. C. - John Barrasso (Wyoming) will lead Republicans on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has primary jurisdiction over Puerto Rico’s affairs, including status.