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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  • Bud9342 06/09/2009 2:30am

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

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  • 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?

  • 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.

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    scion657 04/28/2010 10:04am

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!!

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    orlando61469 04/29/2010 3:29am

    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.

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    colorado223 04/29/2010 6:37am
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    This is the Opportunity Democrats have been waiting for, using the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico to gain power and control by adding 2 Senators and 6 Representatives to the Congress. Progressives in PR currently hold a super majority and control 48 out of 78 Mayoral Seats. Power/Control/Fraud/Manipulation That’s what Democrats are ALL ABOUT!!!!

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    political23 04/29/2010 9:53pm

    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.

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    political23 04/29/2010 10:02pm

    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.

  • doughpro 04/28/2010 5:45am

    The people of Puerto Rico have voted 4 times against this. Obviously they don’t want it.
    The progressives are simply looking to increase their voter base, and this is just another one of their underhanded tactics to do it. Those who are planning to vote for it need to do some research first and figure out why this is coming up now.

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    wizardkar 04/28/2010 2:22pm
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    See my comments wizardkar

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    political23 04/29/2010 10:32pm

    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%.

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    political23 04/29/2010 10:32pm

    The unfortunate thing is with the added status we cannot be sure what the intention of the people of Puerto Rico is because while many of those that boycotted were in support of the Commonwealth status there were some who support Independence and Statehood that just didn’t like the manner in which the election was held.

    Now the ‘fourth’ vote you speak of was actually the 1991 Constitutional Amendment this vote would not have impacted political status but rather would have defined a process to self determination. However it was defeated 53% to 45%.

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    political23 04/29/2010 10:33pm

    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.

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    political23 04/29/2010 10:33pm

    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).

  • 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.

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    wizardkar 04/28/2010 2:24pm

    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

  • 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.

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    wizardkar 04/28/2010 2:27pm

    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.

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    Americanme 04/30/2010 6:34pm

    Do you really think Puerto Ricans think the US is using them? It’s the other way around, Do you know how many millions of dollars a year go to PR? PRicans wants to stay the way they are, they can get all the money and help while being protected by the US and not paying a dime in taxes. See, part of our hard tax dollars go to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. PR should either become a State in order for them to pull their own weight and make a LOT of people work instead of living of the federal government or they should BE ON THEIR OWN. On their own, lets see how it does….

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  • 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.

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    wizardkar 04/28/2010 2:28pm

    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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    Americanme 04/30/2010 6:47pm

    I know that what is happening here in the US is not easy for anyone, we are all suffering, all going through some hard times… But trust me, the US is better off letting PR GO or making them a state so they could pull their own weight. Make a search and find all the federal money that goes towards schools, even Federal Agents are taking over PR to do the job of normal police because the Puerto Rican police have a policy called PREVENT. They drive around day and night in their cop cars with the lights on. If the thief, felon, abuser, drug dealer and so one see the lights coming, the PR police think they are going to stop what they are doing, they are preventing. what a joke, they just hide and wait till they are gone to do what they were going to do in the first place. So in other words, the police don’t do anything, crime is soooo bad that the FEDS are all over the island. That my friends, is OUR hard working tax dollars at use in a place that does not pull their own weight.

  • MAGGIEB 04/28/2010 3:59pm

    This country has voted this NO for statehood 4 times. Leave them alone. This is just another slimy Progressive move by Obama and his crimal goons. pivilu, you have been duped. They are taking away choices from Puerto Rico Citizens. That is how Socialism and Marcism work. From there it’s just a short walk to Communism. Learn your history. I agree Obama is a Dictator. I noticed no one has the balls the co-sponser bill. Also, 2 million Puerto Ricans will be added our food stamps program when they become a state. Republicans will vote for it in fear of be called racist Democracts see a larger voting base. There will be 2 senators and 6 congressmen waiting in the halls in DC soon to push this thru. No time to look at it just push it thru.

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    Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, November 4, 1775

  • 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!

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