H.R. 2499, The Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 (97 comments ↓ | 13 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 2499 would provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico.

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US Citizen

May 20, 2009, 4:00pm (report abuse)

This is a fair bill that includes all options for the future status of the people of Puerto Rico. The bill provides for a democratic process where the people will determine their own future and once and for all rid themselves of their unjust colonial status.


May 20, 2009, 4:02pm (report abuse)

It's about time we decide to dispose of the, colonial in nature, territories and grant them the opportunity to freely select non-colonial non-territorial permanent status alternatives.

Solo yo

May 20, 2009, 4:36pm (report abuse)

El congreso debe actuar y darle paso a este proyecto para que Puerto Rico se exprese de una vez y para siempre sobre este asunto. Y los partidos en Puerto Rico tienen la obligacion de educar a los electores y no mentir y desinformar, para que los electores sepan por lo que votan.

51st State

May 20, 2009, 10:48pm (report abuse)

The U.S. Congress should pass this bill because it represent the future of our precious island of Puerto Rico, it's a fair proyect that grants all puertoricans to decide it's status finally. Puerto Rico the 51st state.


May 21, 2009, 5:36pm (report abuse)

For more information on HR 2499, go to www.hr2499.com


May 21, 2009, 7:07pm (report abuse)

I do think that Congress should act fast on this one! It has been more that 100 years with out proper representation in Congress!

I support the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009

May 21, 2009, 8:26pm (report abuse)

For more information on HR 2499 " The Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009, go to



May 21, 2009, 8:33pm (report abuse)

Congress will take its time. We all now it always does. I know it will receive more co-sponsors. I'm hopeful that it will go further than H.R. 900 (Which I felt was spot on!).


May 22, 2009, 6:38pm (report abuse)

This bill has to pass! It's time Puerto Rico decides. The Puerto Ricans want statehood but this bill should pass so it becomes clear that PR will be the 51st state!


May 23, 2009, 1:00pm (report abuse)

To learn more about this bill visit:


don polowski

May 29, 2009, 1:58pm (report abuse)

This is nothing more than a statehood bill. This so called self determination in this bill is a sham. There can be no self determination when an island has been invaded and occupied and then colonized for 111 years. American imposed citizenship on these people to use them for cannon fodder before world war I and used them for their imperialist wars ever since. American businesses have taken over and destroyed the Puerto Rican economy using it as a tax shelter and shipping their corporate profits back home. After the United States pays restitutcion to the people and government of Puerto Rico for 10 years with the goal of making them self sufficient economically then you can have a semblance of self determination. Otherwise this bill is nothing more than a statehood bill that forces an election designed to produce a sanctioned election every eight years. The occupier and invader never sanctions elections it does not like. Viva Puerto Rico libre, Americans out of Puerto Rico!


June 3, 2009, 4:59pm (report abuse)

This is not a statehood bill as Polowski alleges, but a bill to recognize the right of the Puerto Rican people to decide their political future. Puerto Ricans are American citizens since 1917, but have been kept from exercising full citizenship because of the territorial status of the island. Puerto Ricans know what they want and have the right to decide. Some individuals want the UN or Latin American countries to decide for us. Others are trying to stir racists feelings in a few Republicans to convince them against having a non-white state. Shame on them. Let the people of Puerto Rico decide. The independentist party has not been able to convince Puerto Ricans and has received less than 3% of the vote during the last elections. In 2008, the party that stands for the status quo (Partido Popular) lost in every single representative district. Its gubernatorial candidate, AAV, is asking Pelosi to discard a bill by our elected representative in Congress!

Josh Taylor

June 14, 2009, 3:46pm (report abuse)

If the Puerto Ricans wants their freeways to be recognized as Interstates, they must vote for statehood and that's why this bill is for Puerto Rico to choose for statehood. If PR should go for statehood then Congress needs to make room for one more PR state Representative and one more PR state Senator.


June 14, 2009, 11:55pm (report abuse)

This is something we've been waiting for a long time. I feel (and I'm sure I'm not alone on this) that Congress has ignored our plea for action for far too long! I want action done, but I don't want anyone in the government deciding what's going to happen! I want Puerto Ricans to decide and I think this is a great way! Hear our voice! It's time we ALL speak up, not just the independence-crazed people (who by the way are a less than a 3% minority), and got to choose for ourselves what WE want! I am an American Citizen that is missing some of his rights! My family has been in the Army, and some of my family has gone to war or been close to! We've fought for freedom in other countries and yet... we don't have the right to presidential vote or any type of representation in Congress? These are things that need to change!! Please let us vote Congress!!! Please don't ignore us anymore! I am a Proud Puerto Rican, and a proud American! Please defend your own! Don't ignore us! We want our rights


June 15, 2009, 10:38am (report abuse)

Here is All Puertorricans working and living outside Puerto Rico should be able to also voice and vote. Don’t you agree?

Pio Nono Sanchez

June 16, 2009, 8:21pm (report abuse)

HR 2499 is a biased and slanted in favor of forcing statehood on Puerto Rico... HR 2499 is NOT the product of consensus and should be opposed NOW! Please visit http://www.OpposeHR2499.com to learn more about this bill.


June 30, 2009, 11:46am (report abuse)

The reason people like Polowski say things like that (as do some of our so-called "political leaders") is because their opinion is the minority of Puerto Rico. Freedom is NOT something we are going to achieve and it shouldn't even be an option considering less than a 3% of people here want it. I consider the choice itself to be freedom. If you read the HR 2499 carefully, freedom is an option there! Why are people like Polowski afraid? Because they know there is no way Independence will gather a big enough percentage! If MOST people want statehood, then it will be the option that most people will vote for! I, for one, am voting towards statehood because I am a proud Puerto Rican and a proud American Citizen that wants all his rights! I want to be a state! I want a stable future for Puerto Rico! So things like what happened in Honduras don't happen! SO I can wake up every morning feeling safe that the government is always the same and won't change over-night! I believe in America! VOTE!


June 30, 2009, 11:56am (report abuse)

What Pio Nono is saying is very far from the truth. The HR2499 gives us the option of Independence. It's up to us to decide whether or not we want it and if we want statehood! People like Pio Nono are just afraid because he knows his ideals are probably the minority of our people. Whether it be Sovereighnity or Independence, they are both minorities! If MOST people want statehood... that's what we should get! I love my country! ANd by that I mean I love US and PR! Kudos to Juan. And Ivan... I don't think people who left Puerto Rico should be allowed to vote as to what happens to Puerto Rico because they are not here to see what we see, or suffer what we suffer! In fact, some people leave to the US and want independence or sovereighnity for Puerto Rico, yet they are safely placed in the states and don't really plan to come back! in other words: "hypocrites". They shouldn't be allowed to vote unless they move back here!

Time to decide!

June 30, 2009, 12:00pm (report abuse)

Some people oppose this movement! I believe in it! I felt the HR 900 to be better than the HR 2499, but whichever passes is fine by me! I want this to pass! Whether it be to vote for Independence, Sovereighnity, or Statehood, people should support it! So we can finally decide Puerto Rico's permanent future! ^_^


July 3, 2009, 2:14pm (report abuse)

Ya es tiempo para que pr se convierta en el estado 51. Los democratas en puerto rico ya no pueden mentirles mas ala gente.desde los anos 30s nuestros jovenes han peleado cuanta querra estados unidos ha peleado. No solamente es justo para ellos tanbien seria hacer le honor a todos los boricuas que han muerto por los estados unidos en sus querras.


July 3, 2009, 2:15pm (report abuse)

it is time for pr to become state #51. The democrats in Puerto Rico cant lie to the people any more. since the 1930s young Puerto Ricans have fight every war the us had fight . It not just just for them it will be honoring them to.

Jibaro de La Loma

July 23, 2009, 1:28pm (report abuse)

Isn't it an irony that the 8 nay votes were from the republican buddies of Governor Fortuño, who is a republican. Interesting...


July 29, 2009, 8:52am (report abuse)

I do not see in this bill tht the Congress will accept the result of this bill status

Diana Torres

July 29, 2009, 9:06pm (report abuse)

It is time for Puerto Rico's political future and status be defined, it will be the 51st State! We will have representation in Congress and Senate. All these old school brainwashed Puerto Ricans on the Mainland are in the Minority now. I have many arguments with my mother and ask why she opposes Statehood, she can't explain her reasons hence, when she does it is for all the wrong ones which are quite trivial at that. I am the younger baby boom generation, me and my children will vote for Statehood. The status quo will no longer be. We are Americans and should be and will be represented as such.

Luis Soto

July 31, 2009, 9:35am (report abuse)

It is time that Puerto Rican people are recognized as what we are Americans. We need Puerto Rico become the 51st state. Lots of Puerto Ricans have died for the United States why can our beautiful island become a state.

M. Martinez Valentin

August 6, 2009, 3:34pm (report abuse)

If this bill goes through, and statehood wins there is no guarantee that Congress will follow through and vote to let PR become the 51st state.

I remember the last plebecite where the Boston Globe printed editorials call PR the Dogpatch of the US. Don't be fooled, we won't be welcomed with open arms.

Cristian Reyes

August 7, 2009, 5:50am (report abuse)

I'm glad they brought this bill up, I have served with many Puerto Ricans in our beloved Corps and I believe they earned the right to decide their political status by paying it in blood. Me personally, I hope they are admitted as the 51'st state which is something my mother's people (Philippines) did not get nor US Citizenship while a commonwealth. They deserve to decide pero ahorita ya me decir "PR 51!"

Semper Fidelis

51st State

August 15, 2009, 4:19am (report abuse)

"The Puerto Ricans forming the ranks of the gallant 65th Infantry on the battlefields of Korea...are writing a brilliant record of achievement in battle and I am proud indeed to have them in this command.I wish that we might have many more like them."

General Douglas MacArthur

February 12,1951



51st State

August 15, 2009, 4:35am (report abuse)

Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Div. in Korea:

- 10 Distinguished Service Crosses

- 256 Silver Stars

- 595 Bronze Stars

- 1,014 Purple Hearts

Puerto Ricans serving in other wars:

* 18,000+ WW1

* 65,000+ WW2

* 61,000+ Korea

* 48,000+ Vietnam

Congressional Medal of Honor:

*PFC. Fernando Luis Garcia,USMC 1st Marine Division-Korea

PFC. Carlos Lozada, USA 173rd Airborne-Vietnam

Cpt. Euripides Rubio,USA 1st Infantry Division-Vietnam

Spc 4th Class Hector Santiago-Colon

USA 1st Calvary Division-Vietnam

*Cpt. Humbert Roque Versace USA,Special Operations-Vietnam

-Puerto Rico is America-

Dicho Y Hecho 4

August 27, 2009, 3:32pm (report abuse)

I support HR2499. Tired of having a middle man speak for me in Washington was something I refused to accept. Now I speak for myself every 4 years, just like the rest of my ancestors, who opted for the option to migrate from our beloved Island –Vieques, PR. Able to learn in the same universally used language-English-, able to vote for the US President, able to influence the decision making process that could affect our land’s well being, privileged distinction under the FASFA under the minority status seeking to further advance their education, able to benefit under the IRS tax credit quotas; able to purchase my home under $0. down for 1st time buyer minority program via FHA, I too migrated to this great nation of our. I want my brothers and sisters in the Island to be able to get the same. We are a nation of bright people, whose achievements are so vast that can hardly numbered. We are Puerto Ricans in the US. Being the 51st STATE does not make us less Puerto Ricans.


September 30, 2009, 10:56am (report abuse)

Option #2 "Sovereign in Association. . ." option will move Puerto Rico to become an Independent country but it does not define what type of "Association" it will have with the US. This is the reason why the PPD will not support this alternative. The PPD want the so call "Culminacion del ELA" which is having the cake and eating it as well. This bill HR 2499 will end up just as the prior plebiscites with PR back where it started . . . a COLONY. There should be only two alternatives, Independence or Statehood.

J Diaz

October 7, 2009, 11:41pm (report abuse)

This bill is a crass gimmick bull s**t. In the past 57 years the statehooders have NEVER EVER been able to convince the majority of Puerto Rican residents (who are pro-Commowealth, pro-Territory)to vote in favor of statehood. Therefore, the only way to achieve a pro-statehood victory is to come up with a Revocable "Territory Yes or No" referendum so that, between statehooders and independentists voters, the Territory status can be defeated. If the "Territory-YES" wins, they will celebrate the same referendum every 2 years until the NO wins. Together, statehooders and independentists have more anti-Territory sympathyzers than there are pro-Territory. After winning, the anti-Territory sympathyzers would go for a second (IRREVOCABLE)referendum between Independence and Statehood, therefore securing a victory to the pro-statehood party since there are no more than 4% independentists on the island. Read the freaking bill: it's an antidemocratic gimmick to EXCLUDE pro-Territory voters.

Don Loftin

October 8, 2009, 6:32pm (report abuse)

PR has, by popular vote, rejected statehood 3 times in 18 years. What part of that does our Congress not see? Let PR remain as the majority of its voters decide. Once, and for all, a popular vote should decide, without a new vote every 8 years.

Alan Battenburg

October 19, 2009, 5:01pm (report abuse)

To the comment that there is no concensus. It is true because this one subject is one that raises the political temperature. There are true believers on both sides of the question. If you ask, the naysayers why not they cannot give you a rational answer. I believe that the U.S.Virgin Islands should be included in the State of Puerto Rico. There are only 60,000 of them But the Congressman who gets the U.S. Virgin Islands should get a double Office Allotment to maintain an office on each one of the Islands.


October 25, 2009, 6:10am (report abuse)

A majority of Puerto Ricans have never favored statehood, but the voting scheme in H.R. 2499 is designed to guarantee that statehood finally wins.

When Puerto Ricans voted on their status in 1993, commonwealth status got 48.6 percent of the vote, statehood got 46.3 percent, and independence got 4.4 percent. The statehood party tried again in 1998 and failed, with just 46.5 percent of the vote.

To get around this problem, H.R. 2499 splits the vote into two rounds. The first round calls for a yes-or-no vote on the current commonwealth status. This setup is meant to allow a pro-statehood and pro-independence coalition to defeat commonwealth. The bill then limits the second round to the remaining options, within which statehood is the clear favorite.

This is obviously a sham.

Commonwealth 100%

October 25, 2009, 3:57pm (report abuse)

Enhanced Commonwealth!

Un Tipo Común

October 25, 2009, 11:08pm (report abuse)

The Puerto Rico Democracy Act? it can barely be called democratic when you unjustly eliminate the commonwealth status by placing it against a coalition vote of statehood-independence votes and then making the second vote against statehood vs. independence. The pro-statehood supporters finally made a bill with the intention of winning a plebiscite by tweaking the result to their favor. It is a very simple and effective manipulation of the plebiscite, but, nonetheless is a dirty trick that insults the very essence of democracy. Statehood has lost all past three plebiscites to the commonwealth status. It is safe to say that the Puerto Rican people have spoken.


October 25, 2009, 11:18pm (report abuse)

The only problem I see with this Bill is the first referendum asking the people of Puerto Rico whether they want to maintain the current status. I find it a waste of time and money because every major party in the island agrees that a change is needed so the economy of the island can kickoff again like it did in the 1940's with operation Bootstrap. It's just a way for the statehood party to create a false majority against the Commonwealth option an use that as a launching point for the political agenda in discrediting the status quo. A good bill would have looked for concensus and would have added the Constituent Assembly as a possible solution to defining our status. Finally, this bill as it is currently drafted its destined to die or if by some miracle survives will never get to the second referendum.


October 27, 2009, 7:19pm (report abuse)

I am Puertoriquen and proud to be a U.S. citizen but as we are now and have been for all my life and will be until I died as is just because we have seen both sides and understand that as a statehood all will be worst just because all the Politician are just trying to sell Puerto Rico and we dont have nothing to give to the US please lets be real the United states will not give nothing for nothing only now problems then solutions.

L Jimenez

October 27, 2009, 9:30pm (report abuse)

Con este proyecto queda demostrada la falta de conocimiento qu etiene la administracion Farttuño/Pierlooser. Soy ciudadano americano pero soy PUERTORRIQUEÑO PRIMERO. Al que quiera vivir en un estado que arranque y se mude a cualquiera de los 50 que hay.

Protesta puertorriqueña

October 27, 2009, 10:11pm (report abuse)

Pendiente a referemdum o a robarse el diero Piel Luisi!! EU no dañara jamas la secuencia de las estrellas de su bandera .El que quiera un estado que se valla desde ahora para que libere sus frusraciones desde ya. Aqui la mayoria de los que quieren estadidad no han salido de su pueblesito y tienen un carro que no vale ni 500.oo, se cren que nevara, pero cuando se dan con la cruda realidad ,de que no son dueños de nada , entonces se arrepienten...


October 27, 2009, 10:55pm (report abuse)

NO a la estadidad! Puerto Rico no se vende. La estadidad no viene a solucionar nada en la isla, al contrario, va a crear mas vagos y mantenidos de la tarjeta de la familia. El Gobierno gastara mas en mantener de lo que pueda ganar, aparte que seriamos el estado mas pobre y un estado latino! So que no le veo futuro a este proyecto y mucho menos la estadidad.

Progresar es lo que deseo para mi Isla, con igualdad de derecho, pero el que mande en la Isla sea el borincado! ELA SOBERANO, futuro sin obstaculos!


October 28, 2009, 6:09pm (report abuse)

Why not better vote Statehood YES or NO.

Monica Salazar

October 28, 2009, 7:14pm (report abuse)

We may seem like a colonial status but we will lose even more of our culture. I feel so sad that most of our customs have been taken away ever since the US invaded and they will continue to disappear if we become a state. Also Puerto Ricans should decide themselves what they want not foreigners. Opinions are welcomed but no one else but us should decide. We seem fine the way we are.


October 28, 2009, 8:22pm (report abuse)

Statehood for Puerto Rico NOW!!!!


October 28, 2009, 9:51pm (report abuse)

Here's an idea - cut them loose all together. Sever all ties and send everyone of Puerto Rican descent back. Then let them make their own way. Sounds like that is what they want anyway.


November 1, 2009, 8:34pm (report abuse)

The entry of Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands as the 51st state would further connect them to a large economic and political entity, in a world that is becoming increasingly unpredictable. As islands, they will be exposed to rising sea levels. And the tone of the American political process, however worthy of criticism, has never been more sympathetic to PR statehood. I would be humbled to have the PR people decide to join the Union as the first Hispanic majority state.

La seta Z

November 2, 2009, 3:58pm (report abuse)

If Puerto Rican’s vote to be a state then I welcome them. I’ll just learn Spanish to talk to my neighbors.

13th Street Fan

November 6, 2009, 8:19pm (report abuse)

If they are so in favor of statehood, make a plebiscite that asks statehood "yes" or "no" and you'll see how statehood loses against a coaltion of commonwealth and independence votes. It doesn't sound like a good idea now, right? Statehood has lost 3 times already. And instead of fixing the problems at home, the current Puerto Rican administration is losing time in congress trying to pass this unjust and dirty bill, driven by their radical mentality of becoming a state. The pro-statehood administration in P.R. Is completely ignoring the rights and voice of the Puerto Rican people by kicking them out of their jobs (even when they promised not to unemploy anyone in the government) and repeadetly lying to its citizens and passing absurd, unpopular, and unjust bills. Puerto Rico it's time to stand up and fight for your rights.

Proud Puerto Rican

December 4, 2009, 6:41pm (report abuse)

Most Puerto Ricans want change, and the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, is gaining momentum among Puerto Ricans, as evidenced by last year’s election of Governor Fortuno and Resident Commissioner Pierluisi.

Under the current commonwealth status, island Puerto Ricans cannot vote for U.S. President, have no voting representation in Congress, and the poverty rate in Puerto Rico is about three times higher than the U.S. average.

Pro-commonwealth supporters have promoted the unrealistic options of an “enhanced” or a “new or modified commonwealth” status for Puerto Rico. However, the United States only recognizes (1) the current commonwealth status, (2) independence (or free association), and (3) U.S. Statehood as valid status opens for Puerto Rico.

In order to bring about equality in Puerto Rico and to end the U.S. doctrine of un-incorporation based on the Insular cases, the commonwealth arrangement between Puerto Rico and the United States needs to end.

Preciosa (8)

December 6, 2009, 12:22pm (report abuse)

The statehood movement is definitely not gaining any momentum as evidenced by the current administration's approval rating (20%-30%). When the current commonwealth was formed, it was created to fit the situation of Puerto Rico in 1952 and it can be modified to fit the current situation of Puerto Rico (hence, modified commonwealth), it never said anything of becoming a state. Therefore, the only invalid option is statehood. Under our current status we get to maintain our national identity, culture, history and language and we have U.S. citizenship. We have the best of both worlds, it can't get any better than this.

P.S. The way to solve the status of Puerto Rico is that anyone that wants to become a state, they can move to the any of the 50 states of the union. It isn’t so hard to understand.

Anti-Status Quo

December 10, 2009, 12:58pm (report abuse)

The best of both worlds narrative has outlived its usefulness. How can you say that “it can't get any better than this” given the staggering poverty rate in Puerto Rico and the treatment of Puerto Ricans as second-class citizens under the U.S. constitution? Don’t we deserve better?! The island’s commonwealth status merely perpetuates the legacy of colonialism in Puerto Rico. It was never meant to be a permanent solution to Puerto Rico’s political status. Puerto Ricans should be forced to choose between U.S. Statehood and Free Association/Independence. As previously noted, the United States does not recognize the modified or enhanced commonwealth status options as viable under the Constitution. This is a fact. (Take a look at the 2005 and 2007 reports submitted by the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status). Although it may be frightening, change for Puerto Rico, whether it is through U.S. Statehood or Free Association/Independence, may be a good thing.

Young Mother

December 10, 2009, 1:13pm (report abuse)

I believe that Puerto Ricans could maintain their culture and identity if Puerto Rico were to become a U.S. State, which is not likely to happen anytime soon. It is just a matter of will. As a mother, I know that regardless of Puerto Rico’s future political status, I will teach my children about what it means to be Puerto Rican. They will grow up with a strong sense of Puerto Rican identity.

Not white like you

December 28, 2009, 3:27am (report abuse)

Young mother you are naive. As if Puerto Ricans can overcome the national mythology and propaganda of American exceptionalism, Thanksgiving, providence, white racism, militarism, The pledge of Allegiance, presidents day, genocide, and English. How has that worked out for the Hawaiians naive people who "think" like the mother? The struggle is to free those occupied and dominated by the US empire not become a fully colonized anglo citizen. Try doing some math there are 308 million anglo/colonized people and not even 4 million Puerto Ricans. Bring back the Taino, Arawak and African cultures, languges and food and boot out the Yankees. Pitiyanquis traiadores,ingenuos y ilusos dan asco! fuera americanos de puerto rico! NO a la colonizacion y imperialismo yanqui.

AutoDetermination for Statehood

February 9, 2010, 3:03am (report abuse)

I hope Congress finally offers an Auto-determination Bill the vote of confidence. Enough already with the rampant corruption that places obstacles time and again for this dignifying event to take place!!! Statehood once and for all.


February 14, 2010, 6:45pm (report abuse)

The Republican Party platform of 2008 says:

We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state after they freely so determine. We recognize that Congress has the final authority to define the constitutionally valid options for Puerto Rico to achieve a permanent non-territorial status with government by consent and full enfranchisement. As long as Puerto Rico is not a state, however, the will of its people regarding their political status should be ascertained by means of a general right of referendum or specific referenda sponsored by the U.S. government.


February 14, 2010, 6:46pm (report abuse)

The Democratic Party platform of 2008 says:

We believe that the people of Puerto Rico have the right to the political status of their choice, obtained through a fair, neutral, and democratic process of self-determination. The White House and Congress will work with all groups in Puerto Rico to enable the question of Puerto Rico's status to be resolved during the next four years.


March 6, 2010, 8:33am (report abuse)

The ONLY non-colonial status option for Puerto Rico that is acceptable to both the USA and the UN is a Compact of Free Association. This is a known quantity to us. This type of arrangement is already in effect with the Republics of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Look it up in Google, people. This really works.


March 6, 2010, 8:40am (report abuse)

Oppose HR2499! Itś bad for the US and for PR. The statehood political faction wants to use this nonsensical bill to implement their version of the "Tennessee Plan" and try to force Congress to accept PR into the Union. Do you want this? JUST SAY NO to HR2499!!


March 6, 2010, 8:50am (report abuse)

My fellow Republican friends, don't be fooled by Mr. Fortuno. He is just a decoy. Everyone else in his party is a Democrat. A Puerto Rican state would add two senators and six Congress people to the DEMOCRAT'S fold. Highly undesirable, to say the least!


March 8, 2010, 3:54am (report abuse)

those of you who say puerto rico is america are WRONG, american citizenship was forced upon us, isnt it a COINCIDENCE that we were only made 2nd class citizens, so we could work our butts off for them but they take most of the money out, and send our children to DIE in a war that isnt even theirs, and another thing the ONLY reason they join the army or any other branch of the military is to make money! not because they love america, they joined because their financial situation was horrible, because theres a shortage of jobs and financial opportunities in Puerto Rico, BECAUSE of the colonial commonwealth status!!so they either had a choice of joining the army selling drugs or die of starvation! if we were free and independent we could model Singapore(a nation SMALLER than PR and one of the richest in Asia) and be prosperous like they are , who said we cant do it? I thought we were an educated people? you love america ? stay in america, let PR BE FREE!!hr 2499 is A SCAM


March 8, 2010, 8:37pm (report abuse)

Alert! Today, a draft of a Compact of Free Association between the US and PR was released! Soon to be available in English! Stay tuned!


March 14, 2010, 12:29pm (report abuse)

Well, it looks like HR2499 is headed to File 13 status! Thanks to all the friends who helped Congress realise that this piece of garbage was nothing but a waste of time, effort and money. Cheerio!!


March 22, 2010, 2:21pm (report abuse)

Puerto Ricans are tired of being second class citizens. We have had several local plebiscites, the last two were manipulated by the pro-Commonwealth party and are thus meaningless. The pro-independence movement has not been able to even keep their party registered in the last two elections, they are such a minuscule minority! The pro-Comonwealth Party, the PPD, lost the last elections by close to 225,000 votes, hence, they are aware that they nor the pro-independence movement have the support of the large majority or our population. No one in the island denies or supports our territorial status, hence it is time to solve this century-old unstable status that has brought us to our present dimal situation. The majority of us want progress, fair treatment and cherish our association with the US. For those who don't want Puerto Rico to join the Union, and prefer independence or that it remains a colony, please pick the republic of your choice and move there, and let us decide our future.

Robert Velazquez

April 27, 2010, 12:09am (report abuse)

As a republican I expect full bipartisan support for the approval of the bill. PR deserve it's chance to finally decide with the support of Congress. Vote in favor.


April 28, 2010, 12:20am (report abuse)

Vote in favor of HR 2499... The worlds oldest colony wants to be a State of the USA.


April 28, 2010, 9:57am (report abuse)

Sure, include Puerto Rico and when they have to pay the high level of taxes that all have to pay in the USA, they'll realize they've been used AGAIN! Leave the people of PR alone! Leave the businesses of Puerto Rico alone!


April 28, 2010, 9:58am (report abuse)

This is just the way to get money from Puerto Rico now that the US has spent all their funds....it's a money making move!

Don't Do It

April 28, 2010, 11:56am (report abuse)

This is just another dem scam to plump up the hispanic voting base as they are dying in the mid terms.

Do not fall for the ploy


April 28, 2010, 12:37pm (report abuse)

I have never seen more hate and anger towards white people and the United states. We are the reason for everyones demise and problems that are true or not. Well, don't worry, I honestly feel that as all nations have ended, she too, is on her final breath. To whom will you blame, then?


April 28, 2010, 1:07pm (report abuse)

what is the status of the bill?

When is the vote?

Roni Q

April 28, 2010, 2:49pm (report abuse)

The fed govt umbrella reaches to PR already without them paying any fed taxes. So why would they want to be #51?...they kinda are already. If you are so proud to be Puerto Rican why be so dependent on someone else?

John R

April 28, 2010, 3:02pm (report abuse)

PR has already voted 4 times in a row against statehood. They've made clear their wishes. Isn't it obvious there's some other agenda here?

Eric Carlson

April 28, 2010, 5:29pm (report abuse)

Yes, Puerto Rico dosent have representation, but they don't pay taxes either. The democrats are just trying to use this for power. They will say if you don't support it you are racist. The will tell PR that everyone hates them except democrats.

Travis H

April 28, 2010, 5:31pm (report abuse)

Allegedly the bill will be put on the house floor tomorrow. (April 29)

Alodial Bill

April 28, 2010, 5:32pm (report abuse)

This is a bill for idiots. P R already has a right of self determination, and [they] voted AGAINST becoming the 51st state three times. But Democratic Progressives don't care about real democracy. This is a power grab by Obama's sycophants. They Progressives need the P R vote to secure absolute power. Wake up and smell the rat. Bill

Beltway Critic

April 28, 2010, 5:48pm (report abuse)

Puerto Rico has voted and decided 3 times in the past not to become the 51st state. That is why now the question being asked is not "Do you want to become a State" but rather "Do you want to keep the current status?" Even if Americans were asked do you want to keep the current status, the majority would vote NO! For the Puerto Ricans voting No would mean yes you want to change your current independent status. This is just a trick by the progressives in the US Congress to line up even more Democrat voters for 2012. Obama must be desperate!

Old White Guy

April 28, 2010, 5:56pm (report abuse)

I would welcome PR into the Union. It's a great vacation destination and there are a lot of really good people there...we could use the tax revenue! Maybe I'll retire there too!

Maria Rodriguez

April 28, 2010, 6:43pm (report abuse)

I am not for this bill. Once again, we have to go to the U.S. to give us permission to vote on our own destiny. Yo no vendo a mi madre!!! Statehood won't give us first class citizen status any more than it has Mexican-Americans, African-Americans or even the Hawaiians. The only thing it will do is have another invasion that will make Puerto Rico what Cuba was for a long time--a playground for the rich. Those who think otherwise should study the plight of all minorities in this country. It isn't pretty. I feel sorry for eveyone who thinks that we cannot be independent because we would be another banana republic. You think little of yourselves. I may be in the minority by being independista, but at least I am not afraid of my own potential. So you all go ahead and beg to be taken over fully because you don't trust your own potential. Para mi seria un dia muy oscuro. Vendieran la casa por una promesa falsa? Oops. I spoke Spanish while it's still legal.


April 28, 2010, 6:54pm (report abuse)

Excuse me people, but the citizens of Puerto Rico have voted three different times whether or not they want to be U.S. state. Each time the answer has been a resounding NO. They currently get perks of being a citizen without having to pay into our tax system. Why would they change that?

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