HR 2499 Puerto Rico Statehood

petition opposing HR2499, the Statehood for Puerto Rico Bill.  It looks like it’s going to be heard in the House in a couple of weeks and  it is certainly worth adding our names to the petition to keep in solidarity with the PR independence groups. In addition, you can also click on this fancy widget below:

Although Puerto Rico was removed from the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories in 1953 and became a commonwealth, the United States needs to adopt the rules as set out by the U.N. General Assembly through Res. 742 (1953) and insist that Puerto Rico be given the opportunity to “enter into direct relations of every kind with other governments and with international institution and to negotiate, sign and ratify international instruments,” if that is the determined will of the people.  Any vote that will determine the governing status of a state needs to occur with U.N. international oversight, and we call upon the United Nations to provide for that oversight.

Statehood Hawaii does not support the plebiscite process by which H.R. 2499 will assert Statehood for Puerto Rico.

The following quote is from a letter by Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon in protest of HR 2499,  the Puerto Rico “Statehood Bill” that is currently up in Congress.

“It should be fairly obvious upon an analysis of this data that due to the burdens which federal taxation will place on the development of our island economy if Puerto Rico were to be admitted into the union at this point in time it will become a permanent ward of the Federal Treasury.”

Upon reading HR2499, it’s a manipulative plebiscite process ensured to confuse voters by creating the most impact with the least amount of participation by eligible voters.  Hawaii has already been subjected to the surreptitious process by which the state claims 94.6 of the people voted for statehood, when it is clear that only about 35% of eligible voting population participated in the vote.

The following video explains it well*

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/9553925[/vimeo]

WHat follows is Bill H.R.2499: Please note that there are 2 versions of Bill Number H.R.2499 for the 111th Congress an this is the text that was reported in the House: 1 . Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)[H.R.2499.IH] 2 . Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 (Reported in House)[H.R.2499.RH] Union Calendar No. 164 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2499 [Report No. 111-294] To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 19, 2009

Mr. PIERLUISI (for himself, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. ARCURI, Mr. BAIRD, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. BOUSTANY, Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida, Mr. BROWN of South Carolina, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. CARDOZA, Mr. CASTLE, Ms. CLARKE, Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. COSTA, Mr. CUELLAR, Mr. DELAHUNT, Mr. DENT, Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida, Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida, Mr. DOYLE, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. FARR, Mr. FATTAH, Mr. FLAKE, Ms. FUDGE, Mr. GERLACH, Mr. GRAYSON, Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas, Mr. HARE, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. HIGGINS, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. HOYER, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. KILDEE, Ms. KILPATRICK of Michigan, Mr. KLEIN of Florida, Mr. KRATOVIL, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Mr. MACK, Mr. MAFFEI, Ms. MARKEY of Colorado, Mr. MASSA, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. MCCAUL, Mr. MICA, Mr. MOLLOHAN, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Ms. NORTON, Mr. OLVER, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. PENCE, Mr. POE of Texas, Mr. POLIS of Colorado, Mr. PUTNAM, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. REYES, Mr. RODRIGUEZ, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. SABLAN, Mr. SALAZAR, Ms. LORETTA SANCHEZ of California, Mr. SHULER, Mr. SMITH of Washington, Mr. STARK, Mr. TAYLOR, Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, Mr. TONKO, Mr. WALZ, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Ms. WATSON, Mr. WATT, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. WEXLER, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. WU, Mr. YARMUTH, and Mr. YOUNG of Alaska) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

October 8, 2009

Additional sponsors: Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. CONAWAY, Mr. CARTER, Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania, Mr. PETERSON, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. AL GREEN of Texas, Mr. CULBERSON, Mr. CARSON of Indiana, Ms. SUTTON, Mr. PRICE of North Carolina, Mr. PAUL, Mr. POSEY, Mr. AKIN, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. DICKS, Mr. KIND, Ms. SHEA-PORTER, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mr. SCHOCK, Mr. WELCH, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mr. ROONEY, Mr. SIRES, Ms. SPEIER, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. MARCHANT, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. SPRATT, Mr. PERLMUTTER, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Ms. FALLIN, Mrs. MILLER of Michigan, Mr. CLAY, Mr. LATOURETTE, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. DAVIS of Alabama, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. DOGGETT, Mr. CARNAHAN, Mr. RUPPERSBERGER, Mr. FLEMING, Mr. MARKEY of Massachusetts, Mr. WITTMAN, Mr. SCOTT of Virginia, Mr. MCCARTHY of California, Mr. NUNES, Mr. DRIEHAUS, Ms. CASTOR of Florida, Mr. BRALEY of Iowa, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. MCKEON, Mr. WALDEN, Ms. KOSMAS, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Ms. TITUS, Mr. HIMES, Mr. CASSIDY, Mr. THOMPSON of California, Mr. WAMP, Mr. KLINE of Minnesota, Mr. SCHIFF, Ms. TSONGAS, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Ms. DEGETTE, Mr. HENSARLING, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. CAMP, Mr. MEEK of Florida, Mr. BACA, Mr. CALVERT, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, Ms. HERSETH SANDLIN, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. TIERNEY, Mr. ISSA, Mr. LYNCH, Mr. CROWLEY, Mrs. DAHLKEMPER, Mr. BUCHANAN, Mr. TERRY, Mrs. CAPPS, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. LARSEN of Washington, Ms. GINNY BROWN-WAITE of Florida, and Mr. SHADEGG

October 8, 2009

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]

[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on May 19, 2009]


A BILL

To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009′.

SEC. 2. FEDERALLY SANCTIONED PROCESS FOR PUERTO RICO’S SELF-DETERMINATION.

(a) First Plebiscite- The Government of Puerto Rico is authorized to conduct a plebiscite in Puerto Rico. The 2 options set forth on the ballot shall be preceded by the following statement: `Instructions: Mark one of the following 2 options:
  • `(1) Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of political status. If you agree, mark here XX.
  • `(2) Puerto Rico should have a different political status. If you agree, mark here XX.’.
(b) Procedure if Majority in First Plebiscite Favors Option 1- If a majority of the ballots in the plebiscite are cast in favor of Option 1, the Government of Puerto Rico is authorized to conduct additional plebiscites under subsection (a) at intervals of every 8 years from the date that the results of the prior plebiscite are certified under section 3(d). (c) Procedure if Majority in First Plebiscite Favors Option 2- If a majority of the ballots in a plebiscite conducted pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) are cast in favor of Option 2, the Government of Puerto Rico is authorized to conduct a plebiscite on the following 3 options:
  • (1) Independence: Puerto Rico should become fully independent from the United States. If you agree, mark here XX.
  • (2) Sovereignty in Association with the United States: Puerto Rico and the United States should form a political association between sovereign nations that will not be subject to the Territorial Clause of the United States Constitution. If you agree, mark here XX.
  • (3) Statehood: Puerto Rico should be admitted as a State of the Union. If you agree, mark here XX.

SEC. 3. APPLICABLE LAWS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

(a) Applicable Laws- All Federal laws applicable to the election of the Resident Commissioner shall, as appropriate and consistent with this Act, also apply to any plebiscites held pursuant to this Act. Any reference in such Federal laws to elections shall be considered, as appropriate, to be a reference to the plebiscites, unless it would frustrate the purposes of this Act. (b) Rules and Regulations- The Puerto Rico State Elections Commission shall issue all rules and regulations necessary to carry out the plebiscites under this Act. (c) Eligibility To Vote- Each of the following shall be eligible to vote in any plebiscite held under this Act:
  • (1) All eligible voters under the electoral laws in effect in Puerto Rico at the time the plebiscite is held.
  • (2) All United States citizens born in Puerto Rico who comply, to the satisfaction of the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission, with all Commission requirements (other than the residency requirement) applicable to eligibility to vote in a general election in Puerto Rico. Persons eligible to vote under this subsection shall, upon timely request submitted to the Commission in compliance with any terms imposed by the Electoral Law of Puerto Rico, be entitled to receive an absentee ballot for the plebiscite.
(d) Certification of Plebiscite Results- The Puerto Rico State Elections Commission shall certify the results of any plebiscite held under this Act to the President of the United States and to the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States. (e) English Ballots- The Puerto Rico State Elections Commission shall ensure that all ballots used for any plebiscite held under this Act include the full content of the ballot printed in English. (f) Plebiscite Costs- All costs associated with any plebiscite held under this Act (including the printing, distribution, transportation, collection, and counting of all ballots) shall be paid for by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Union Calendar No. 164 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2499 [Report No. 111-294] A BILL To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. http://opposehr2499.com/ *Thanks David Rodriguez for sending this video link.]]>

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