One's Observations

A collection of some things I observe along the way.

Retrieving...

I'm all in favor of more states if that is what "We the People" want and it is done constitutionally. This action for Puerto Rico is neither of those.

"It's only a first step, but for better or worse the wheels have been set in motion. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2499, which puts Puerto Ricans on the fast track to statehood, should that be the decision residents of that island territory make going forward. The vote was 223 to 169, with one vote of "present" by Rep. Louise Slaughter, of New York."

"The measure offers Puerto Rico, which has been a U.S. territory for 112 years, a two-step vote. Step one would ask Puerto Ricans, including those living in the United States, whether they want to remain a territorial commonwealth or would prefer to change their status. A vote for change, which is likely, would lead to a second vote with three options: statehood, independence, or an independent "free association" with the U.S. Again, voters given these options would most likely choose statehood."

"Supporters say the measure, which is non-binding, gives citizens of the island the right to self-determination. Opponents say it is is a thinly veiled maneuver to impose statehood on a population that doesn't want it. As noted here, Democrats are confident that, should Puerto Rico opt for statehood, the two new senators and Congress members who would be seated as a result would join their caucus." (Examiner Article)

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