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Author: Lindsey Essaff

After statehood vote, some activity in Congress

Following the recent status vote, Puerto Rican statehood is making its way into the US Congress. Puerto Rico’s delegate to Congress, Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, had presented a bill championing statehood, House Bill 260,  on January 4, 2017, but it was never discussed. It was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee of Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs, where it has sat for the past six months. However, following the vote, on June 16, the bill generated some interest when Representative Darren Soto, a democrat representing Florida’s 9th district, added his name to the bill as a cosigner....

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Civil rights organizations echo Puerto Rico’s demands

Puerto Rico recently held a status vote in which the vast majority of the voting group opted for statehood. Many in Washington, DC and around the United States voiced statements in agreement with addressing the issue, including various civil rights organizations. Brent Wilkes, the CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), said that the organization “will work with the government of Puerto Rico to ensure that the US Congress act on the will of the people of Puerto Rico as expressed in this plebiscite.” LULAC’s mission is to “advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence,...

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Puerto Rico enacts Tennessee Plan into law

Governor Ricardo Rosselló recently signed House Bill 876, beginning the process known as the Tennessee Plan. The Tennessee Plan allows lobbying in Washington, D.C. by a committee of seven US Senators and Representatives. This step was made by the Puerto Rican government in the direction of statehood, with the committee tasked with encouraging their coworkers in Congress to support the creation of the 51st state. The senators and representatives have yet to be selected for the committee. Cumpliendo con un compromiso programático con el Pueblo. #EnEquipo trabajamos por la descolonización de Puerto Rico y encaminar el futuro. pic.twitter.com/qDdQRaIpiP —...

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Puerto Rico status vote lobbying intensifies

Coming up in mid-June, Puerto Rican citizens will be asked to participate in the newest statehood/status referendum, with three options on the ballot: continue as a territory, become independent, or become a state. The final say in Puerto Rican status updates is with the US Congress, but many are hopeful that the US government and Congress-people will honor the wishes of the Puerto Rican people. There are many firm supporters of each option, but one of the most notable is Governor Rosselló, who ran on the platform of statehood. His administration has begun to prepare for the upcoming vote...

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What has happened so far in court for Puerto Rico’s debt restructuring process

The situation of Puerto Rico’s debt continues to develop following the decision by the Puerto Rican government and Financial Oversight & Management Board to file for bankruptcy in a US District Court. The decision, announced on May 3, follows the end of the stay of lawsuits against the territory, which ended on May 1. Following the end of the freeze of lawsuits, Puerto Rico was staring down a large amount of debt, and a large number of creditors, all interested in receiving their money back. There were many months of discussion between the government and the creditors, in an...

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