H.R. 1522, 'Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act'; and H.R. 2070, 'Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021', Legislative Hearing Before the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, April 14, 2021   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the April 14, 2021 legislative hearing on "H.R. 1522, 'Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act'; and H.R. 2070, 'Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021'," held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Raul M. Grijalva: "Two pieces of legislation have been introduced this Congress to resolve Puerto Rico's political status, H.R. 2070, Puerto Rico's Self-Determination Act of 2021 by Representative Velazquez, and H.R. 1522, Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act by Representative Darren Soto. Each piece of legislation proposes a different process to end the island's current territory status. Puerto Rico's options for non-territory status or statehood, independence and free association. At the same time, there is existing legislation to address this issue. In 2014, Congress appropriated $2.5 million to be provided to the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission for voter education and conduct a plebiscite by which Puerto Rican voters would determine the future political status of Puerto Rico. The U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for overseeing and administering that plebiscite. Despite the different views of our witnesses today, I hope we can all agree that Congress has a responsibility to play a constructive role in the resolution of Puerto Rico's political status." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Anibal Acevedo-Vila, Maria De Lourdes Santiago, Jose Fuentes Agostini, Rafael Hernandez Montanez, Manuel Natal-Albelo, Pedro R. Pierluisi, Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus, and Johanne Velez-Garcia.

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