Reports indicate House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says there will be a vote on Thursday on HR 2499 the Puerto Rico Democracy Act.
Though there are claims that the bill is “non-binding” and most Puerto Ricans aren’t looking to become a state, the legislation seems engineered to make this hard to avoid. In fact, the ultra-secrecy with which this has come up only tends to support this contention.
The bill push for a vote by the people of Puerto Rico, and would force them into one of three options:
1.Independence: Puerto Rico should become fully independent from the United States 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; 3.Statehood: Puerto Rico should be admitted as a State of the Union
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