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Congressman Sam Graves ignores his responsibility to Puerto Rico; bill moves forward in Senate



  • Juanito Doe 6 years ago

    I happen to know for a fact that most of Puerto Rico does not pay federal taxes, which invalidates your point of them being tired of being treated like second class citizens. The vast majority of Puerto Ricans, as can be seen by previous referendums are happy with the status quo, a result of being uninformed by their government. If they were to pay federal taxes, the U.s. would be obligated to have them vote in the general Presidential election, as well as the proper representatives.

  • El Pincho 6 years ago

    Statehood for Puerto Rico NOW!!!

  • SanJuanLawyer 6 years ago

    Juanito Doe: As a US citizen, resident of Puerto Rico for 45 years, I can assure you that you are totally wrong! Unfortunately, there is much misinformation on the web.

  • OM 6 years ago


  • Pedro Animala 6 years ago

    Obviously, to the interests of the national parties are more important than the well being of 4 million people. Taxes or not, citizenship or not, Puerto Ricans ARE a different people; having more in common with Cubans and Venezuelans than USAmericans.
    For over one hundred years, USAmerica has treated this people differently; has used them for human experiments, forced them into the military, forced upon them an unwanted citizenship (at the time), and has "educated" them to fell inferior, to feel incapable, subjugated them to the white gods of the north.
    Sadly, the people of Puerto Rico have accepted this inferiority status as "the best of two worlds".

    The giant only looks big because you're on your knees.. RISE UP!!

  • Ralph Schiller 6 years ago

    Puerto Rico deserves the right as a U.S. Territory to vote on its future either as a state in the union or an independent nation.

    I hope with all my heart they choose statehood.

  • Robert Rex 6 years ago

    @Juanito. So tell me why I pay federal taxes, but reside in San Juan?

  • Lex Luthor 6 years ago

    The author of this shameful article, Luke Herrington, omitted the truth of this legislation. Congressman Sam Graves is right. The supposed "Democratic Act" bill is nothing but a Pro-Statehood bill that is slanted undemocratically towrds statehood, aomething we Puerto Ricans have rejected on '67, '93 and '98. To say that TODAY pro-statehooders are the majority is a blatant lie, but that's OK. Bring the referendum and let's roll muthafukas .... we'll kick you arses again. Short of an association, we don't want jack froom the US.

  • Lex Luthor 6 years ago

    Robert, you pay federal taxes as a resident of San Juan because you are a federal employee, pendejo. Go insult someone else's intelligence somewwhere else.

  • Jeannie 6 years ago

    Actually, the House approved an amendment to the bill that would allow Puerto Rico to have four options in the second referendum. The bill cannon possibly be "pro-statehood" if Puerto Rico has four options. The only way the bill would be pro-statehood is if the Puerto Rican majority was clearly in favor of this position. The amendment I mentioned above even gives people the right to vote in favor of the status-quo. While PR was going to have that option only in the first vote, they now have it twice. Four options exist: statehood, territorial status (the status quo), independence, and independence with association. With four options, I think the rumor that this bill is part of some secret plot by the Democrats to gain power has not only been put to rest, but it has also been proven completely erroneous. If the Dems really wanted to pull off such a major power grab, they would exercise their constitutional power, and just force PR into the union via appropriate legislation.

  • Mike 6 years ago

    Puerto Rico will never be a state. Everyone knows it. This is a complete waste of time. The people of P.R. don't want it and the people of the USA won't take them as a state.

    Not going to happen.

  • A. J. O'Hara 6 years ago

    You've missed the point entirely. Puerto Rican statehood isn't even being debated here. The point of the article does not have anything to do with Puerto Rico becoming a state, whether or not that is in its future, whether or not America would accept it.

    It's clear that the point of the article is that the people of Puerto Rico deserve the right to determine their future, regardless of what that future is.

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