Home > issues > Page

The Puerto Rico Democracy Act (H.R. 2499) would authorize a federally-sanctioned plebiscite (vote) of the people of Puerto Rico regarding their political future.  H.R. 2499 provides for a two-step voting process.  The first vote would allow the people of Puerto Rico to choose between selecting a “different political status” or maintaining their “present political status.”  If the majority of the people vote in favor of a “different political status,” then a second vote would be held allowing people to choose between three options: independence, free association with the U.S., or statehood.

While it is said that the results of the plebiscites are non-binding, H.R. 2499 sets the stage for potential Congressional action as soon as next year on making Puerto Rico the 51st state.

The people of Puerto Rico should be able to go to the ballot box and express their views on their future political status.  However, there are serious questions regarding the implications of this bill that have gone unanswered.  If Congressionally-sanctioned vote is specifically sought as with H.R. 2499, then it must come with an open, thorough understanding of what independence or statehood would mean to Puerto Rico and the existing 50 states. 

Fact Sheets:

Related Videos:

Facts on Puerto Rico statehood needed BEFORE, not after vote on H.R. 2499, (April 29, 2010)

Recent Activity:

Show

Latest News

Panel: Legislation Needed to Address Seismic Research Permitting Failures, Prevent Future Political Abuse

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to examine regulatory obstacles to seismic research in America’s outer continental shelf (OCS). Acoustic seismic surve...... Read more

Trump Administration Slashes Red-Tape Stifling American Energy Development

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to examine Department of the Interior (DOI) actions to eliminate regulatory burdens for onshore oil and gas developmen...... Read more

Bishop Statement on Introduction of Senate Companion Onshore Energy Legislation

Today, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill mirrors Title II of H.R. 4239, the “SEC...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4532
Federal Lands | 1324 Longworth House Office Building
View All Events