Articles of Relations for U.S. Territories, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Insular And International Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, Second Session on H.R. 4442 to Provide Consultations for the Development of Articles of Relations and Self-Government for Insular Areas of the United States, May 24, 1994   [open pdf - 103MB]

This is the May 24, 1994 hearing titled "Articles of Relations for U.S. Territories," held before the House Subcommittee on Insular And International Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Ron de Lugo: "Our hearing today is on a bill that has the potential of being among the most important before this Congress should a consensus on it develop among the people most affected, and perhaps with some amendments. This is because it suggests establishing a clear process for finally resolving questions about the political status of some of the relatively few remaining places on the earth in which status questions still persist: The five United States insular areas where 4 million people live. H.R. 4442 gets to the heart of the issue. Although the commonwealths and territories are locally self-governing, similar to States, a national government in which they do not have a full vote also makes policies for them." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Alexander A. Farrelly, Baltasar Corrada del Rio, Celeste Benitez, Manuel Rodriguez-Orellana, Daniel Zafrin, Kenneth McClintock Hernandez, Pilar Lujan, Juan N. Babauta, Pedro P. Reyes, Diego T. Benavente, Miriam Ramirez de Ferrer, and Arturo Guzman.

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