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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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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.

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.

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

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.

Still nonsense!

Still a Boomer

All these fake comments on here from "people" thanking the Congressman, as if it wasn't obvious they're made up based on the similar structure and syntax.

this from a looser who doesn't even identify himself. must be an Obama lover!

Thank you, Congressman Waltz, for supporting equality through statehood for the 3.2 million U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico. Like all the territories that became states before them, Puerto Rico will prosper as a state and enrich the U.S. as a whole. Admitting Puerto Rico as our 51st state is the right thing to do.

No, it isn't. It's just going to be a massive drag on the already laden down American tax payer. Cut them loose and let them determine their own future.

Thank you Congressman Waltz for your leadership. Like you, my father and my brother served in uniform, both proud Americans from Puerto Rico. Thank you for your service.

Must be from the wealthy Santurce area of PR; where the only available “career choice” is American Military

You've never even been to Puerto Rico, USA... You won't even give your name, shut up you stupid ass boomer, you probably think third parties can't make it, what a boomer belief, you beliefs are dying just like the generation that generated them, your tears are delicious are your two old parties will die and then Puerto Rico will for get statehood.

Thank you Congressman Waltz for supporting 3.2 Million US citizens living in Puerto Rico who have fought in every one of our wars since 1917 to defend the freedoms others take for granted (like some making comments here).they have paid their dues and keeping them as a colony of the US has totally screwed them. if they want statehood we should absolutely give it to them.

I vote to allow Puerto Rico become an independent nation. That will place them "on a path towards the political equality that their people deserve". Better for them, better for us.

Ahahaha. No Thanks, PR is a shithole.

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