Supreme Court to weigh Puerto Rico access to US aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether it is unconstitutional to exclude people living in Puerto Rico from Supplemental Social Security Income. The justices said Monday they would hear an appeal, first filed by the Trump administration, of a lower-court ruling that held that residents of the U.S. territory should have the same access to SSI benefits as older, disabled and blind Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The administration argued that a pair of 40-year-old Supreme Court decisions already upheld the federal law that created SSI and excluded Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories from it.