Pierluisi participates in a rally advocating for the end of the undemocratic and territorial political status of Puerto RicoOn the 520th anniversary of the discovery and colonization of Puerto Rico, Congressman Pierluisi participated in a rally advocating for the end of the undemocratic and territorial political status of Puerto Rico and in support of equality for the island’s 3.6 million U.S. citizens through statehood.
Pierluisi returned to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning to update his colleagues on the progress that has been made in the effort to resolve Puerto Rico’s political status.
The full Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approved the Fiscal Year 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act, which includes President Obama’s request for an appropriation of $2.5 million to be made to the Puerto Rico Elections Commission to conduct the first federally-funded status vote in the territory’s history.
Pierluisi expresses support for provision that requires GAO to evaluate estimates of revenues and expenditures of government of Puerto Rico.
Pierluisi Introduces the Puerto Rico Status Resolution ActThe introduction of HR 2000 sets forth the process for Puerto Rico to be admitted as a State of the Union. Territory status deprives 3.7 American citizens residing in Puerto Rico of the most fundamental democratic rights. This past November, the people of Puerto Rico withdrew their consent to second-class citizenship, and chose a future of dignity and democracy.
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Washington, DC—Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi today called upon Governor Alejandro García Padilla to act with a sense of urgency and to submit a formal bid to Boeing, like governors in many U.S.
Washington, DC—Resident Commissioner Pedro R. Pierluisi issued the following statement:
View the speech here: Speech at Rally Outside U.S. Capitol in Support of Equality for Puerto Rico
PIERLUISI: Why Puerto Rico Deserves Statehood
By Pedro Pierluisi
Monday, November 18, 2013
Tuesday marks the 520th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in Puerto Rico. Since that time, the island’s political status has been colonial in nature.