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house Bill H.R. 260

Should Puerto Rico be Admitted as a State in 2025 if its Voters Opt for Statehood?

Argument in favor

The American citizens of Puerto Rico should have a say in determining if their territory becomes a state. If they opt for statehood, admitting Puerto Rico in 2025 allows time for a smooth transition.

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10/04/2017
Yes. Absolutely. Puerto Rico unlike Guam, American Samoa and others territories has non-voting representatives in Congress. Let’s give them voting representatives so they… you know… get represented.
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SouthernGal's Opinion
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10/04/2017
I don’t understand the point of having territories. Either make them States or give them their freedom. Hey, Emily, do you normally copy and paste other’s comments and claim them as your own?? You didn’t even like my original comments. This is kinda tacky.
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Danielle's Opinion
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10/04/2017
Unless they want independence we should absolutely grant statehood. They pay most US federal taxes and can serve in our armed forces but do not have a vote. That is wrong. Vote yay.
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Argument opposed

The people of Puerto Rico shouldn’t be able to decide whether to become a state. The U.S. should either encourage Puerto Rico to remain a territory or to become its own nation.

Devon's Opinion
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10/04/2017
No, we shouldn't bring a poor territory in as a state when we have our own debt to deal with. We'd end up taking care of them.
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Heriberto's Opinion
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10/05/2017
Independence is what Puerto Rico needs!!! Puerto Rico needs to determine what’s best for Puerto Rico!! Que viva Puerto Rico!!!
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Alaric's Opinion
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10/05/2017
As a country they have no infrastructure, the entire country is based on a socialist economy. I can only see this clashing MAJORLY with the US economy and doing more harm than good.
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      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2017
    Yes. Absolutely. Puerto Rico unlike Guam, American Samoa and others territories has non-voting representatives in Congress. Let’s give them voting representatives so they… you know… get represented.
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    No, we shouldn't bring a poor territory in as a state when we have our own debt to deal with. We'd end up taking care of them.
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    I don’t understand the point of having territories. Either make them States or give them their freedom. Hey, Emily, do you normally copy and paste other’s comments and claim them as your own?? You didn’t even like my original comments. This is kinda tacky.
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    Unless they want independence we should absolutely grant statehood. They pay most US federal taxes and can serve in our armed forces but do not have a vote. That is wrong. Vote yay.
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    As of right now they are beholden to the constitution and the regulations of the USA without any kind of representation in the direction of our country. They’re representative has no voting power and little political sway. If I remember correctly this country started on the premise that legislation, taxation, without representation was reprehensible.
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    Puerto Rico should be able to determine its own fate
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    The point of having territories escapes me. Make them States or give them freedom.
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    I love the comments saying "Oh we shouldn't let them be a state because they have debt and they would be a drain" Have you people ever heard of Mississippi or Louisiana? You do realize we already take care of them right? It's like people don't even understand how territories work. We took them as a territory, we aren't allowed the complain that they are a drain. Oh and they might feel a little ungrateful because people like you act like they don't deserve to receive aid even though we're responsible for taking care of them!
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    Every US citizen needs to have some form of representation. That was the point of the Revolution in the first place. This absolutely includes Puerto Rico, Guam, even Washington DC. At the same time, it's critical that we revisit the proportional representation that citizens have in this country to be fair based on geography and population. Does that mean 2 senators and proportional membership in congress? Maybe not. The historical legacy of lines on a map that were drawn based on geography and not proportion of population will need to be addressed. Garnering the political will to do this will be difficult but is critical to the healthy functioning of our country. My $.02.
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    No brainer! they should have the right to vote.
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    Absolutely. If Trump's reaction to the devastation following Hurricane Maria has taught us anything, it's that the people of Puerto Rico will continue to be denied the rights of Americans until their homeland's status changes.
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    Let Puerto Rico choose to become a state, or let them choose to go! Based on how our country has reacted to the devastation of Maria, being in the limbo of a US territory clearly isn't in their best interest.
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    There is no legitimate reason to deny them statehood, continuing as is, or becoming an independent nation. Let them choose and honor that decision.
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    Independence is what Puerto Rico needs!!! Puerto Rico needs to determine what’s best for Puerto Rico!! Que viva Puerto Rico!!!
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    Puerto Rico is just as American as us these days. As to the idea we’d have to take care of them, yeah we gotta take care of Alabama and Mississippi too. A state being a state means we share in their hardship and their prosperity. Their lives are already so intertwined with those who live in the states that they deserve voting seats in Congress.
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    More importantly. Will Catalonia accept American refugees?
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    Not until their debt is under control.
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    Any territory that has voting rights should have representation. That also includes districts like DC.
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    As a country they have no infrastructure, the entire country is based on a socialist economy. I can only see this clashing MAJORLY with the US economy and doing more harm than good.
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    I'm for the fact that they can democratically vote to become a part of the Union; however, what we will then see is a vastly deteriorating welfare state propped up by a structured government. If Puerto Rico wants to become a state within the Union, let them fix their debt that we keep bailing out. I would rather see Guam become a state before Puerto Rico, mainly because it has a stable economy.
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