H.R.2499 - Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009

To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. as introduced.
  • Short: Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 as reported to house.
  • Short: Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010 as passed house.

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  • RonBacardi 04/28/2010 9:09pm

    Dear God I can so tell who’s watching Glenn Beck and who isn’t. Fools.

    First: Puerto Ricans are not getting a “sweet deal.” Beck needs to do some research before he begins to think that we’re getting a free ride on the US taxpayer. Why? Because by and large, Puerto Ricans are taxpayers too!

    Second: Puerto Ricans have been asking for a vote like this since 2005. This is not a shocker.

    Third: The New Progressive Party is largely REPUBLICAN with a CONSERVATIVE ideology both FISCALLY and SOCIALLY. Fortuno is considered a REPUBLICAN on the island. What’s laughable is that given the vote, Puerto Rico would be RED!!!! Progressive MY ASS. The true “progressives” in Puerto Rico want full independence, NOT STATEHOOD.

    Get a clue and get some research.

  • psychobobicus 04/29/2010 6:14am

    US law already provides mechanism for admission to the Union, and Puerto Rico already has the authority to hold referendums on statehood, and has exercised this right four times. Why do we have to have MORE law? Also, this bill introduces a disturbing precedent. If you were born in Puerto Rico, but are a resident of another state, you are SUPPOSED to vote in this new “plebiscite.” This does not happen in any other state. The normal process is that residents of the territory vote on statehood. Why are residents of other states, who happen to be born in Puerto Rico, given different status than other residents of that state? This bill makes your place of birth more important than your current residence. Imagine the chaos if everyone was given this opportunity. I was born in Washington state but now live in Oregon. Surely I should not be allowed to vote on elections in Washington! But then, I don’t have the right skin color, which unfortunately is still how many judge a person’s worth.

  • Congal 04/29/2010 6:23am
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    We don’t need ADDITIONAL Liberals in Congress. This is just part of the Chicago Gang trying to insure that America will become bilingual so that when they try to grant amnesty to all of the illegals, there won’t be an issue with the language. We are slowly being taken over by the liberalism world of equality for EVERYONE, while those of us who have worked our entire lives, will be sharing our hard earned social security with those who have never earned a dime legally!

  • colorado223 04/29/2010 7:06am

    If this Bill is so good? WHY ALL THE SECRECY????? More Fraud and Backroom Deals from the SWAMP LEADER NANCY PELOSI!!!!!!

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    misael51 05/03/2010 12:34pm

    you have to be kidding me and by the way that presedent support statehood for PR. You need to get educated first then talk.

  • TCooks2007 04/29/2010 9:31am

    Puerto Rico should be its own sovereign nation.

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    misael51 05/03/2010 12:29pm


  • TCooks2007 04/29/2010 9:32am
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    This bill is skewed towards statehood, which the Puerto Ricans themselves don’t want.

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    misael51 05/03/2010 12:33pm

    Why you say that we will vote i belive me if this come to be a law we will vote for stehood, you need to move here and live for couple of years then you can talk.

  • AspenDitch 04/29/2010 1:50pm

    The problem with this bill is that it’s dishonest. Rather than an up and down vote for statehood (which has failed three times), this bill plays games to direct the outcome. Calling it a “Democracy Act” is a joke.

  • josecastillo 04/30/2010 9:08am

    puerto rico tiene que ser una nacion libre desde el añ0 1950 con la dirrecion del dr.pedro albizu campos se declaro la republica de puerto rico y enviamos unos compatriotas a llevarle el mensa a el gobierno de estados unidos fue lolita lebron andres fiqueroa rafael cancel y luego enviamos a oscar collazo y griselio torresola quienes fuero nuestros comisionados verdaderos y que fuero a pedir la libertad de nuestra nacion .el partido nacionalista de puerto rico movimiento libertador le recuerda que deben de leer la historia para que procedan de acuerdo a el derecho internacional ya las naciones unidas se pronuncio con la resolucion que este aÑo se acaba el coloniaje asi que no se dejen enganar con el mentiroso pierlusi que funje como espia en wasghigton.nosotros queremos nuestra libertad .

  • jabariabramson 04/30/2010 9:43am

    I feel they should be able to vote for the President if they can vote in the primaries. Other than that I don’t see why they need to become a state, they already pay taxes and are subject to Congress’ laws.

  • dankarlo 04/30/2010 11:00am

    Shame on our representatives for voting yes on this resolution!!! Make no mistake about it; they fully understand that by passing this they are one step closer to installing more progressive Senators and Representatives. The obvious question is “why now”? If they were looking out for us, they would have been focusing attention on job creation! I DISTRUST THEM…..

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    EricsAir 07/25/2010 3:26am

    Aloha Dankarlo.

    I agree with you about the distrust for our government. You asked “why now?”
    It is about collecting as many “countries” under your belt to try and build a better stance against others. For example: if you check out the website for the Executive Office of the President you will find plenty of interesting relations between the United States government and other countries. But it will also make you wonder – how the hell!!??!!

    This will probably help you understand better why our representatives voted yes.
    The more “progressive” (controlling of power) a government can become, the greater the benefits.

    Like you, I too distrust this government – and I worry about this country and her peoople.

  • Americanme 04/30/2010 6:24pm
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    I see a lot of people say that if PR becomes a state that the US will have more economical responsibilities towards PR. The US forks out millions of dollars every year to PR. Welfare, WIC, education and other grants. While the US government is forking out all this money to PR, residents of PR do not pay ANY taxes. Is that fair to us tax payers? The Island should either become the 51st state or be on their own. Puerto Ricans have voted against this 4 times already, of course they will vote against it. They want to continue reaping all the benefits… Having nice houses with out paying taxes. Working 1 or 2 jobs not paying taxes. How about working here in the US for 6 months and returning back to PR with money they saved just to collect unemployment and welfare. That is revenue that could be used here in the US to help the economy of the Place where they worked. If you are worried about the economy then educate yourself a little more about how PRicans live. PR free or the 51st State

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    jabariabramson 05/01/2010 10:44am

    Puerto Rico most definitely pay taxes just not Federal Income Tax but they do pay for Welfare programs, Social Security and Medicare and the military.


    Besides we already know nearly half of U.S. residents don’t pay Federal Income Tax and not to mention illegal immigrants.

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    EricsAir 07/25/2010 3:17am

    Aloha Americanme,

    Try doing research before you post:

    PR citizens are obligated the same way that any other American is obligated in paying of taxes.

    And in case you want to discuss the “illegal immigrants” I already checked:

    Look for the link entitled: “Foreign Persons”

    Everyone who works in the United States is obligated to pay taxes – additionally, business who “employ legally” will be obligated to account for each employee. It is the “illegal employers” who do not inform the IRS of their business.

    Thank you for your opinionated postings.

  • Americanme 04/30/2010 7:06pm

    The US is telling PR… either you become a State and help pull your own weight. We are tired of giving you millions on education just to have PR’s youth be the lowest ranking grades in the whole US. We are not giving any more funds that are specifically for special education if you are going to use this money for what ever else you think PR needs. We are not giving you more money to spend on teachers salaries that sit around class talking on their cell phones and surfing the web. Teachers not even going to school leaving the children unattended, having the mothers that don’t work sit there with them and watch that a drug dealer don’t walk through the open gates of the school to sell to minors. The parents that actually care about their kids future making a decision of who is going to work and who is going to stay home in order to be ready to be at the school at any time in case a teacher does not show up for her class. PR either becomes a State and pull it’s weight or go on it’s own..

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    RonBacardi 06/18/2010 10:17am

    Gain an education first before speaking. Puerto Ricans are NOT getting a free ride from anything. The island pays all medicare and social security taxes like everyone else in the US.

    And you can talk about plenty of education systems in the US having the same problems. Why single out Puerto Rico?

  • Jibaro 05/02/2010 8:05am

    As an American Citizen resident of Puerto Rico, I am happy that finally the Congress have decided to end the Oldest Colony of the World. The problem of Puerto Rico is the colonialist group that controls all the big businesses and wants to remain without paying federal taxes. Now this group which have used all the unspeakable political practices available have not been able to stop this Bill. Finally, justice will be served! Finally, the People of Puerto Rico which are as Americans as anyone born in the midwest will have its opportunity to be fully protected by the US Constitution.

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    EricsAir 07/25/2010 2:55am

    No offense Jibaro, but you may want to “rethink your drink.” More than likely it will take a while for the “statehood” to “officially” kick in for Puerto Rico. Additionally, do not be surprised when you have immigrants from other countries coming into your “state” and taking your jobs for lower wages, and your businesses heading out to other countries so they can have the “freedom” of the United States (government written) Free Trade Agreements.

    Its a pain to deal with businesses that do not pay federal taxes, but it would be better if your country remain soverign. Hooking up with the United States will come with a Very High Price for countries to pay.

    But I do hope that everything works out for the best interest of the people of PR.

  • haruglory 05/06/2010 7:11am

    I’m a little split… tho this would take away the chance for puerto rico to become sovereign, it may be exactly what we need to make sure that the USA doesn’t end up losing its sovereignty to China… So many people go on cruises to Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico rarely ever gets a fair share of the money… If this bill passes, the US would be FORCED to share w/ Puerto Rico, also allowing for increased economic prosperity… PASS THE BILL!!!

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    EricsAir 07/25/2010 2:48am

    Just out of curiosity: Where did you get the information about the United States “losing its soveriegnty to China?”

    In doing research, I have found many “agreements” made by the United States government to be very “flexible” to the US, but very “restricted” to other countries in a suppressing manner.

    Read through some of the Agreements endorsed by the United States Government:

    In reference to the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010, I fear for the people of PR. Of course the US government is going to support the “statehood” of PR – it will make PR the 51st state!!

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