Puerto Rico – The 51st State?

There is a great post by Brian Darling at the Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry today.  Puerto Ricans have already voted 3 times to reject statehood, but according to Democrat Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, The U.S. House of Representatives is set to force another vote on the issue.  The new process, outlined in H.R. 2499 – “The Puerto Rico Democracy Act” – is biased towards an outcome that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state, even though the majority of Puerto Ricans wish to remain a commonwealth. 

Brain concludes with…

The Puerto Rico Democracy Act has some serious flaws.  The votes seem to be set up in a way that favors statehood.  The two provisions that allow a plurality of Puerto Ricans to vote for statehood to be ratified and the allowing of non-resident Puerto Ricans to vote in the plebiscite is of deep concern to those who favor a fair vote and referendum on statehood.  A vote by members of Congress is not enough to indicate consent of the American people for Puerto Rican statehood.  If the Obamacare vote and secretive procedure is instructive, many Members of Congress are willing to defy the will of their own constituents.

Emphasis added.  Read the entire post here.

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