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Florida's Waltz Co-Sponsors Puerto Rico Statehood Bill

October 31, 2019 - 6:00am
Michael Waltz
Michael Waltz

U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. has co-sponsored a bill to make Puerto Rico the 51st state.

H.R. 4901, the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act, would require a "Statehood Yes-No" vote by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for the island. This is the same precedent established for the admission process of Alaska and Hawaii.

The legislation is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Jenniffer González Colón, R-P.R., and Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.

“The people of Puerto Rico have already twice requested to become a state,” said Waltz on Tuesday. “It is time for the citizens of Puerto Rico to be able to have the same rights and privileges as American citizens and I hope my colleagues will support this measure.”

Since 1917, more than 200,000 American citizens from Puerto Rico have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, serving in every conflict since World War I. More than 10,000 active duty military personnel from Puerto Rico currently serve across the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Florida native Waltz, whose 6th congressional district includes Flagler and Volusia counties as well as portions of Lake and St. Johns counties, is a combat-decorated Green Beret.

“This historic bill places us on a path towards the political equality that our people deserve,” said González Colón. “The American citizens of Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to participate in a federally-sponsored vote and be asked the following question: ‘Should Puerto Rico be admitted as a State of the Union, yes or no?’. This is similar to what happened in Alaska and Hawaii, which is what ultimately makes this legislation different.”

Allison Nielsen, who has worked as a reporter for Sunshine State News, is spokesperson for Rep. Waltz.

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That would be terrible. American taxpayers would then bail out the many billions they owe. Just another rip on the taxpayers. It’s already a welfare, corrupt entity. Just like Washington is. They would fit right in with corrupt America.

Making Puerto Rico the 51st state would only add another mass of people who want to live on welfare. They have nothing to add to our country except being an extra burden. The country is corrupt as can be seen by all the money they received in hurricane relief that just disappeared. If anything we should dissolve our relationship with Puerto Rico we don't need another money pit.

Obviously you have not read the article or do not know the history of said "relationship" The People on the Island are Citizens of the United States just like you and I, another "welfare state" is stupid, it will not make a difference as all that will happen is if Statehood happens they will be forced to pay taxes, but at the same time participate in Federal elections and send representatives to Congress as well as 2 to the Senate. PR can have similar tax laws like in Florida. They have the same corruption that any leftist state (california/new york) or city (baltimore/chicago) has. Ultimately the people on the island need to get totally on the bus or get off and become independent (which would be bad for the US if they get assistance from Russia via Cuba and Venezuela).

I'm glad you agree that the island is corrupt. We have enough corruption already we don't need to add more.

The lunatic fringe comments above are irrational and ignorant. Actually, irrational due to ignorance. You did the right thing Congressman Waltz by sponsoring a bill to let the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico vote yes or no on statehood. After inclusive votes in which fake options were a spoiler choice and no option got majorities, the people who have voted twice against the status quo and nationhood as a status deserve an up or down vote on statehood. Puerto Rico is more integrated into the U.S. legal, economic and political system than any of the 32 territories that became states. People who say "let them have independence" are missing the point that the people have voted to keep U.S. citizenship, and U.S. citizenship will end if Puerto Rico becomes independent. There are lots of crazy theories about dual citizenship because Ireland and Israel and Mexico allow it, but that is by operation of foreign laws not U.S. laws. The constitution and its citizenship clause (14th Amendment) and statutory citizenship by birth overseas to a U.S. parent will end for Puerto Rico. So instead of everyone else trying to tell Puerto Rico what they think the voters should want, let's solve the problem instead of fixing it by letting the people vote on the option that got the highest votes the last two times.

If you really want to end the political status problem in the US territory of Puerto Rico, the question for the plebiscite should be: Statehood or Independence?.. https://www.change.org/p/gobernadora-de-puerto-rico-votaci%C3%B3n-estadidad-vs-independencia-para-pr-y-transformaci%C3%B3n-del-pnp-a-partido-republicano?recruiter=565584200&recruited_by_id=720e50c0-40c3-11e6-a07f-dbd1adf2bce6&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=petition_dashboard

What?.. You want to see the Puerto Rican “Separatists” shoot up the Halls of Congress again, like they did in 1948 to prevent Statehood???? These people are NOT Cubans; they are nothing more than Gypsies looking always & wherever there are “freebies”... Let them go back and REBUILD their “shack island”. (Had a friend robbed & stagger to death right on the sidewalk in front of the luxury hotel his family was vacationing at years ago). The ONLY States these Gypsies care about are the ones they can easily travel to and rip-off: New York & Florida!!!!!

You are completely wrong you piece of shit.

That’s NOT “stagger”,.. it’s “STABBED” to death...

I served in the US Army and there were many Puerto Rican’s that served by my side. If their blood and sacrifice is good enough to defend American democracy, then their star of their state is good enough to belong on the American flag.

You never served in the military. You're an Antifa fascist posting from your mom's basement.

You probably don't even know how many territories we even have, go home you boomer #RepublicansForStatehood

If they want freedom, let them become their own country. They've been nothing but a liability to the USA. The democRATs want them to be a state because then they'd get two additional democRAT senators and 1 additional democRAT congressperson. It's totally about politics for the democRATs.

Two Dem senators you say? All Democrats? Puerto Rico's current shadow delegation: US SENATE: Zoraida Fonalledas (R-PR) Carlos Romero Barcelo (D-PR) US HOUSE OF REPS: Luis Fortuno Burset (R-PR) Alfonso Aguilar (R-PR) Pedro Rosello (D-PR) Charlie Rodriguez (D-PR) Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (Ind.-PR) Current ELECTED resident commissioner DELEGATE in US congress: Jennifer Gonzalez (R-PR) So much for your "all Democrats". I know....you'll say they're all "RINOS".....

As a Latina, I moved from New Jersey to care for my elderly mom. She could not tolerate the northern cold, and she was comfortable in her home in Puerto Rico. So I moved to Puerto Rico. I quickly realized the difference....it was a shock. I do not want indepence. Puerto Rico wants to be a state of Our United States. We voted twice in favor for statehood. Please, please, let us decide again in favor for statehood

As a Latina, I moved from New Jersey to care for my elderly mom. She could not tolerate the northern cold, and she was comfortable in her home in Puerto Rico. So I moved to Puerto Rico. I quickly realized the difference....it was a shock. I do not want indepence. Puerto Rico wants to be a state of Our United States. We voted twice in favor for statehood. Please, please, let us decide again in favor for statehood

Here is the link: Open it. https://vdare.com/articles/national-data-and-the-winner-is-dominican-immigrants-top-the-welfare-dependency-league-table-again

Here is the link: Open it. https://vdare.com/articles/national-data-and-the-winner-is-dominican-immigrants-top-the-welfare-dependency-league-table-again

Puerto Rico not only served in the USA armed forces but pays billions in Federal taxes to the USA annually. It is time for the island to become a state. Puerto Ricans are required to pay US federal taxes, although most residents do not have to pay the federal personal income tax.[10] In 2016, Puerto Rico paid $3.6 billion into the US Treasury.[11] Residents of Puerto Rico pay into Social Security, and are thus eligible for Social Security benefits upon retirement. The recent economic crisis on the island has put a huge dent in the federal tax revenue collected from Puerto Rico, but it still added up to $3.6 billion in fiscal year 2016. That's not much less than some states where residents do pay full  income tax: Vermont and Wyoming paid $4.5 billion in federal taxes that year._ Some people in Puerto Rico don’t pay federal income taxes, but they do pay Social Security, Medicare, import, export and commodity taxes. Their federal tax bills add up to more than $3 billion a year.

WOW!!! Not everyone is ignorant in America, there are people who study, read, know and really know the story. Human beings who are not racist and who travel, know different cultures and disagree with abuse, exploitation and modern slavery. God bless you, I can't believe it. You give me back faith in humanity.

Nonsense

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