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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scion657 04/28/2010 9:50am

United States gave birth to a child called Puerto Rico. Provided economic support and security and made it grow as one of its own. Covered us with the US Constitution blanket. Gave us US Citizen by birth just like anyone born in Montana or Utah. Does my US citizenship is less a citizenship than somebody in Wyoming?. Can US Government tell a sovereign sate what to do and how?. No!!! Then why can they do it in Puerto Rico (I just remembered we are not “allowed” to have Congressmen or Senators to speak for us) Certainly I am not white or have green eyes but for sure I saved a lot of fellow continental USA caucasians in Irak. I have shared by sweat and blood this patriotism. Same as my budy from Arkansas. Now I fly US Air Force planes but I ask the Congress if they can tell me- and other 4 million american citizens- if I have the right or not to vote to choose my Commander in Chief. That at least. 112 years of this is enough. GIVE US STATEHOOD OR INDEPENDANCE BUT STOP COLONIALISM SLAVERY.

julianjbava 03/14/2010 3:17am

All of my life, as a Puerto Rican citizen, I’ve wanted to see the status issue be resolved once and for all. Unfortunately, I cannot support this bill. It is disgustingly biased towards statehood and even more so against the current status, which a great portion of the island actually support. Despite being a firm believer in statehood myself, I approve of this garbage labeled as “democracy.” Congress seems to have a thing with that. For instance, the bill that takes away our freedom as Americans the most is patriotic, according to its title. Doublethink doubleplusgood?

colorado223 04/28/2010 4:40am

This Bill is UN-AMERICAN and the people of Puerto Rico have spoken, 4 times by voting down statehood legislation. This is nothing but an attempt by Democrats to rig future elections, it is a disgrace to our Constitutional Republic!!!!!!!

orlando61469 04/29/2010 3:29am
in reply to colorado223 Apr 28, 2010 4:40am

This is the starting gate for a process to end up with something that has no place in the 21st. century. To let American Citizens decide if they wish to enter as equals with their fellow citizens in the other 50 states or if they still like beign residents of the oldest colony of the world. That’s it. Let us solve this question so we may continue with the quest to solve other plroblems that we are facing, then with our full citizen’s rights and duties. That is all what is it about.

mraith 04/23/2010 4:08am

Puerto Rico should be a sovereign nation. I do not believe this bill is the right bill for the job. The right bill would simply relinquish the US hold on Puerto Rico; Puerto Ricans could then set up whatever form of government they wish.

political23 04/29/2010 9:53pm
in reply to colorado223 Apr 29, 2010 6:37am

I think it would be a rather bad assumption to state that this is a Democratic (party) power play. For one political parties in Puerto Rico are aligned primary on political status ideology rather than national policy ideology thus meaning the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP) is not progressive in the same ideology as you would like to believe, but rather they believe in statehood. In fact members of the NPP are more aligned to the US Republican Party than US Democratic Party. The current governor of Puerto Rico and the state legislature leadership are all aligned with the Republican Party. In fact the Puerto Rican Republican Party is pro statehood, their logo actually includes 51 inside the elephant. The Puerto Rican Democratic Party is much more divided amongst those that are pro statehood and those that are pro commonwealth.

Bud9342 06/09/2009 2:30am

Been in limbo too long, should either be turned loose of stated.

prs_hope 04/27/2010 7:15pm

The oldest colony in the world wants to break free of colonialism. We want to have the opportunity to vote in favor of the inclusion of Puerto Rico as the 51st State of the United States of America.

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.

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.

wizardkar 04/28/2010 2:27pm
in reply to tlwyo Apr 28, 2010 1:21pm

You are 100% correct, I live here and Obama is a dictator and does not care what the American people want. I warn you that he has already made some deal with your President and chances are even if you vote you will lose. He is a terrible person and a background of being with radicals such as William Ayres. Further, he was on the board of the Chicago Climate Exchange and no doubt still has ties to it because they are pushing this cap and tax bill which will make him and his cronies trillions. Speak out against Statehood, save yourselves.

political23 04/29/2010 10:32pm
in reply to doughpro Apr 28, 2010 5:45am

You may be correct, however, we can’t be entirely sure. You see there have really only been three plebiscites one in 1967, 1993, and 1998. The one in 1967 and 1993 there were three options Independence, Commonwealth, Statehood. In 1967 .6% of the population voted for Independence whereas 60.4% voted for Commonwealth Status and 39% voted for Statehood. Another plebiscite was held in 1993 in which there was a dramatic swing in support of Statehood. This time 4.5% voted on Independence 48.9% voted for Commonwealth status and 46.6% voted for Statehood. Now the last plebiscite held in 1998 created a fourth option None of the Above which received 50.3% of the vote because of parties boycotting the election Statehood received 46.7% and Commonwealth Status 0.3% and Independence received 2.5%.

political23 04/29/2010 10:02pm
in reply to colorado223 Apr 29, 2010 6:37am

Finally I would advise that the NPP is much more socially and fiscally conservative which would align themselves much more with the US Republican Party in ideology. With that said you have to also understand that Puerto Rico is very religious having a huge Roman Catholic population. This most likely would mean that the Representation of Puerto Rico would most likely benefit the Republicans and if not would elect Conservative Democrats, which to be honest I think is more detrimental to the Democratic Party. The only thing I would concede is that Puerto Rico is a fairly densely populated island with over 1,000 people on average per square mile, which would lend to more urbanization and that demographic tends to vote more liberally albeit that is usually more socially liberal, however that might be mitigated by the religious conservatives.

klassylady25 04/28/2010 5:30pm

The New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP) (Spanish: Partido Nuevo Progresista de Puerto Rico, PNP) is a political party that advocates for Puerto Rico’s admission to the United States of America as the 51st state.
Party members, commonly called penepés or estadistas (“statehooders”) favor the integration of Puerto Rico as the 51st state of the Union.

The majority of the PNP leaders are also members of the US Republican Party, with only two PNP governors, Carlos Romero Barceló, and Dr. Pedro Rosselló González, being registered as US Democrats.

Progressives are the boils of this nation!

scion657 04/28/2010 10:04am
in reply to mraith Apr 23, 2010 4:08am

You surely dont know anything about Puerto Rico. If you were born in one of the 50 states obviously you dont know what you are talking about. Imagine you were locked in a closet your entire life and are fed through a hole in a wall and everyday you see your 50 relatives eating a pumpkin pie around while you are having a chicken bone. Are you still part of the family or not? Are you being treated equal or not? Do they care you exist? The last one is the worst. Is called Indiference. They might cut you loose but you would still have their blood on your veins. Where’d you go. What you’d do. My respect to you, this is just an example.

RonBacardi 06/18/2010 10:17am
in reply to Americanme Apr 30, 2010 7:06pm

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?

lynkay 04/27/2010 11:15am

Since 1898 Puerto Rico has been part of the US. The island was awarded citizenship in 1917, and since then, the ties that bind it with the US have been extremely strong. As I see it, most of the people who opposed this bill, are those who are seeking to remain in a sort of partnership with the US under a colonial status that denigrates the US citizens living in PR. It’s time for Puerto Rico to either become the 51st state or become a Republic without any special treatment. People of Puerto Rico, you can’t have it both ways. It’s time to decide, and I’m extremely glad that Pierluisi has taken the time to do this, because it’s completely absurd to have 4 million US citizens living in a colony without representation in Congress. Yes, there is a resident comissioner, who sits there, with no voice and no vote. The commonwealth status is null nowadays. I would love for Puerto Rico to finally define its political status. Statehood or Independence. Those are really the only alternatives left.

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wizardkar 04/28/2010 2:24pm
in reply to scion657 Apr 28, 2010 9:50am

Thank you for fighting for our Freedom and I am not white with blue eyes, Trust me you do not want what we have currently. This is a new type of slavery, wait until there is a President that will honor you and the great Country of Puerto Rico, this one only wants you fo ryour Democratic vote and then will subject you to the dictatorship we are now part of. Read other wizardkar comments

political23 04/29/2010 10:33pm
in reply to doughpro Apr 28, 2010 5:45am

The real key is that 12 years have now passed since the last actually plebiscite was held and this bill would be the first congressional mandated plebiscite, which the elected representatives of Puerto Rico want (Governor, Legislature, and Delegate Commissioner). Now lets be clear HR 2499 is also preferable because it one removes the None of the Above Option and allows for a two state plebiscite. The first would be to retain the current status or move to another status thus allowing those who support independence and statehood to vote for that option those that wish to vote for commonwealth would vote for the same status.

political23 04/29/2010 10:33pm
in reply to doughpro Apr 28, 2010 5:45am

If Commonwealth status won nothing would occur, however if the other option was triggered a second plebiscite would occur with three option Independence, Free Association, and Statehood. Depending on the outcome no further congressional action would be necessary. However if statehood was approved Congress would still have to approve that request meaning this bill does not grant Puerto Rico statehood! Also I think it should be clearly noted that the shift between the 1967 and 1993 plebiscites indicate that by now a majority of Puerto Ricans support annexation by the United States (i.e. Statehood).

EricsAir 07/25/2010 3:17am
in reply to Americanme Apr 30, 2010 6:24pm

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.

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!!!

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.

tlwyo 04/28/2010 1:21pm

To all of you who are wanting Statehood. It is wrong, and you must not vote for this Statehood. There will be a choice to leave things the way they are or have statehood. But what you are not seeing is the underlying implications. When it comes back again, you will not have the choice to leave things the way they are. The Democrats in the United States are only wanting you to be a part so they can get your votes. They look at you as sheep and not level headed people. Please don’t vote for statehood or you are looking at things alot worse than you have it now. “MARXISM” We see it coming in the states and are offended they would even try and make you follow what we are trying to do away with. There is a hidden agenda in all this and I hate to see the people of Puerto Rico fall for it. YOU ARE MORE INTELLIGENT THAN THAT. Don’t let the United States use you. It is not Democracy it’s control.

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!!!!!!

EricsAir 07/25/2010 2:48am
in reply to haruglory May 06, 2010 7:11am

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!!

pivilu 04/28/2010 1:44pm

If our 111th Congress, in a bi-partisan manner, has the opportunity to provide the United States citizens living in the territory of Puerto Rico the ability to choose between the only two realistic choices, independence or statehood, I will be more than happy to support this bill.

wizardkar 04/28/2010 2:28pm
in reply to pivilu Apr 28, 2010 1:44pm

Please read the truth of what is happening here in the States, trust me you do not want this, it will make your living situation worse..Obama is a dictator

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