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US House to vote on Puerto Rico statehood this week

US House to vote on Puerto Rico statehood this week

Last Tuesday, the liberal House leadership pulled the controversial D.C. House Voting Rights bill from the floor schedule, and we thank you for all of your calls and for taking action! However, just two days after they backed away from the D.C. bill, the House announced that it would move to consider an even more controversial bill that paves the way for U.S. territory Puerto Rico to become the 51st state!

Sponsored by Puerto Rican delegate Pedro Pierluisi (D), the Puerto Rico Democracy Act (H.R. 2499) - which has reared its ugly head a number of times over the past few congresses but has yet to have any success - would require Puerto Ricans to hold a national referendum to decide if they want Puerto Rico to remain a self-governing U.S. commonwealth, or become the 51st state.

The referendum would be set up as two plebiscites which would effectively deceive Puerto Ricans into voting for statehood. In the first round of votes, the Puerto Rican people would be given the choice between remaining a U.S. territory and "pursuing a different political status." If the majority votes to maintain the status quo, this bill would require that Puerto Rico vote on this same issue every eight years. If the majority votes for "different status," a second round of votes would be held where Puerto Ricans would choose either statehood or independence-the status quo of "U.S. territory" would not even be an option! In other words, the two ballots would be rigged to favor the outcome of statehood, overriding the wishes of Americans and Puerto Ricans who want to maintain the current commonwealth status.

Why we do not want Puerto Rico admitted as the 51st state:

The U.S. would transform, overnight, into a bilingual nation. At least half of Puerto Ricans do not speak English, the language of our U.S. Constitution and founding documents. The Washington Times article, "Puerto Rican statehood," analyzes all the implications of adding a foreign language-speaking state to the Union.
It would bring immediate demands for massive federal spending. The average income of Puerto Ricans is less than half that of our poorest state, and infrastructure and the environment are far below American standards. Puerto Rico has a population with a median national income of $17,741, nearly a third below that for the U.S.
Puerto Rico is already a democracy. Despite the bill's deceptive title, Puerto Rico already has an elected government and exists as a self-governed commonwealth of the U.S.
Statehood would give Puerto Rico more congressional representation than 25 of our 50 states! It would inevitably give Democrats two additional U.S. Senators and 6 to 8 additional Members of the House.

H.R. 2499 is stealth legislation designed to lead to the admission of Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico as the 51st state, thereby making us a de facto bilingual nation, like Canada. The U.S. Congress should not be forcing Puerto Ricans to vote on statehood, especially since the Puerto Rican people have rejected statehood three times since 1991!

No Member of Congress who describes himself as a limited government, fiscal conservative should be casting a YEA vote for H.R. 2499, as Puerto Rican statehood would cause an immediate increase in federal expenditures, particularly for taxpayer-funded welfare state services.

Tell Congress not to override the wishes of Americans and Puerto Ricans who want to maintain the current commonwealth status of Puerto Rico by forcing a vote on rigged referenda!

TAKE ACTION!

The House will likely bring H.R. 2499 to the floor for a vote on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Please call and email your Representative today and tell him to vote NO on H.R. 2499 which forces a vote on rigged referenda to make Puerto Rico the 51st state!

Please concentrate on these targets* and send the indicated staffer a direct email asking them to explain why their boss is supporting this bill and stating that you want them to vote NO. Just a few emails from their own constituents would be enough to change a YES vote to a NO vote.

*Even if you think you have a solid conservative representing your district, please contact him and tell him to vote NO. H.R. 2499 has approximately 50 Republican cosponsors-they need to hear from you!

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My net income last year was

My net income last year was just under 10,000.00

Does that mean that I'm poor? If so, I LIKE poor. It means that I don't have to worry about anyone comeing to take _____ away.

If HR 2499 is so bad...

...then why is Ron Paul a co-sponsor of this bill?

It seems to me this bill is about allowing Puerto Ricans the freedom to *leave* their official association with the US, which they largely want.

But to make this an honest debate among these people, the option of statehood has to be available. Statehood would take many, many votes (including in Congress) to happen. It's not likely.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32933.pdf

Bump for the evening crowd.

In Liberty.

Congress Needs Less!

Please shrink. Do less. Spend less. Tax less.

Less than $100 Billion is used to run the business of our Constitutional Government.

IRS HQ seems to be in Puerto Rico. The Delaware branch of the IRS seems to be a division of that foreign banking corp. Perhaps we will Audit-the-Fed, to help us see where all the legal tender goes.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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Remember, Puerto Rico recently stripped everyone of their ...

... birth certificates and making everyone get a new ID card. By making them a state, Obama and the Dems just might try and make a example of it and do it to the rest of the US too. Another voting state too, that could play into elections bigtime to keep the Dems in power?

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!

Yeah, that's probably what

Yeah, that's probably what Obama is thinking, if Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state, more democrat voters and more power for democrats.

Civel War: North Proclaimed West Virgnia and Nevada States

President Lincoln wondered, could I make a state?
His war cabinet decided he could do it, but it would take many Shenanigans.

Quickly votes were voted, over and over. Sates said no. No. No.

Wheeling and dealing... Shenanigans...

Never asked Virginia Government to give western part away. Needed Virginia coal near the new depot of the Monopoly Game B & O Railroad.

Too few residents in Nevada to matter. Needed gold and silver for the Monopoly Banker. Most of state declared US Government property.

West Virginia and Nevada Proclaimed States by Lincoln.
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/131616#comment-1408283
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/82620#comment-903825

Shenanigans.

Votes were voted again. Presto! Two new states. Came with ready made Lincoln supporting Congressmen. New North state reps ponied off to DC.

Lincoln proclaims, and so it was.

Sorry, Puerto Rico was too far south to think much about.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Many of the same arguments could have (and may have) been

made about Louisiana becoming a state.

It was self governing.

It was bi-lingual (actually tri-lingual)

The common folk were relatively poor.

Louisiana's first constitution was passed by a mostly french speaking legislature and was written in french. However, since the USA was predominately English speaking, they submitted an English version to Congress for approval for statehood and decreed that all official business would be conducted in English.

This article is simply xenophobia. And the math on Representation is based on the fact that it ranks 27th if it were a state. However, the present system being fixed at 435 ensures that the balance of seats would change if PR joined, and so it would not necessarily have more representatives than 26 other states.

The only real impediments to Puerto Rico becoming a state, other than the will of the inhabitants, is the fact that so much of our own federal government operates offshore with ties through there that it would make a mess of things.

As long as they agreed to abide by the Constitution, I really don't care.

Hell, all of Canada and Mexico could join too if they wanted, but they are going to join US, not the other way around.

The language thing is a

The language thing is a non-issue for the most part. Not only are we already a 2 language nation, but language didn't stop us from annexing Hawaii.

The correct questions here are: Why would PR want to be a state? Why would we want PR as a state? Heck, why do we even have it as a protectorate? They ought to choose independence and get as far from DC and Federal policies as possible before they get totally screwed up and turn into a jack boot police state.

"before they get totally

"before they get totally screwed up and turn into a jack boot police state."

Too late!

i'm not against this bill for

i'm not against this bill for typical "they don't speak our language" redneck reason. i'm against this bill because the puerto rican people already voted against this themselves three times. this is much like lisbon treaty style imperialism and disregard.

What's so bad about PR becoming a state?

"The U.S. would transform, overnight, into a bilingual nation."

Bawhahaha. We already are!!!

"At least half of Puerto Ricans do not speak English, the language of our U.S. Constitution and founding documents."

That's not entirely true.
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Where will the I.R.S moved if PR becomes a State? Where will ATF HQ be moved if PR becomes a State?
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"Statehood would give Puerto Rico more congressional representation than 25 of our 50 states! It would inevitably give Democrats two additional U.S. Senators and 6 to 8 additional Members of the House."

Maybe, maybe not. Though some Puerto Ricans do like the welfare state and tend to vote democrat once they're in the mainland, and there are Puerto Ricans on the island that act the same too. But not all do, and not all like the welfare state. And the political parties in PR have democrats and republicans under the same roof.

Nothing - Reverse The Question However

The Bill is BAD. 66 pct of Puerto Ricans do not want statehood. This is a voting trick to get more political power in one party in DC.

I find the Money Argument WRONG. They already get massive subsidies and awesome tax incentives. I SEVERLY DOUBT that it will cost more.

It is all these special tax breaks and subsidies that keeps a large bloc of people voting no on statehood.

You may be right about the

You may be right about the bill being bad. And your right about the rest.

Umm

"the status-quo of "U.S. territory" would not even be an option! In other words, the two ballots would be rigged to favor the outcome of statehood, overriding the wishes of Americans and Puerto Ricans who want to maintain the current commonwealth status."

Puerto Rico shouldn't remain a territory, we're Constitutional Republic that only allows for territory status for largely uninhabited areas of land. Puerto Rico is so packed with people it'll be tipping over soon, so it hardly applies. I am not a big fan of Puerto Rico state-hood, but the status-quo cannot be maintained. Besides, there has to be a referendum of the states if a new state is to be created.

Also you forget the alternative to state-hood, independence. Fifty percent of Puerto Ricans are on welfare, which would end if they became independent and I believe we have twenty military bases in Puerto Rico whose status could be in jeopardy (thankfully) if they broke away.

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Where does it specify in the Constitution that there has to be a

referendum of the current states if a new state joins?

Congress has the power to admit new states.

There is no referendum procedure.

Your right

I must have been thinking of constitutional amendments. That should be a requirement, you would think a union of nations would allow for agreement over who gets to join.

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