Serial No. 104-87: U.S.-Puerto Rico Political Status Act, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Native American and Insular Affairs of the Committee on Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session on H.R. 3024 to Provide a Process Leading to Full Self-Government for Puerto Rico, March 23, 1996   [open pdf - 83MB]

This is the March 23, 1996 hearing on "U.S. - Puerto Rico Political Status Act" held before the Subcommittee on Native American and Insular Affairs Pf the Committee on Resources, House of Representatives. From the opening statement of Don Young: "Congress is given the responsibility for territories. According to Article IV, 'The Congress shall have the power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.' In the Congress, it is the Committee on Resources of the House that has jurisdiction for those territories. In other words, the buck stops here. I know from experience that territorial issues can be difficult to resolve. When the Legislature of Puerto Rico enacted Concurrent Resolution 62, asking the 104th Congress to respond to the results of the 1993 status plebiscite, and to indicate the next steps necessary for Puerto Rico to resolve the status issue, I realized we should base a legislative proposal on the proven successes of this century. If you'll look at the display behind me, there have been 10 areas under the sovereignty or control of the United States during the 20th century which have attained permanent self government. Five of these became separate sovereigns, as either independent or freely associated States; and the other five territories became States of the Union." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Roberto Buso Aboy, Hector Luis Acevedo, Herbert W. Brown, Pilar Barbosa De Rosario, Antonia J . Fas-Alzamora, Luis A. Ferre, Juan M. Garcia-Passalacqua, Wilson M. Loubriel, Ruben Berrios Martinez, Noel Colon Martinez, Angel Israel Rivera Ortiz, Miriam J. Ramirez de Ferrer, Pedro Rossello, and Luis Vega-Romos.

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