It seems that a slim majority of Puerto Ricans are tired of its casual relationship with the United States. They want something more steady. Something like statehood. That's right, Puerto Ricans passed a non-binding referendum in favor of statehood with 61% in favor and 33% preferring the status quo, the Associated Press reports.
The island may also change its mind, depending on which resident political party takes control after Tuesday's elections. And the pro-statehood movement suffered a major setback when Governor Luis Fortuno lost reelection by a slim margin. Alejandro Garcia Padilla of the Popular Democratic Party, will take Fortuno's place. Garcia and his party prefers to see Puerto Rico remain a semi-autonomous U.S. commonwealth.
Regardless, the US Congress will have to grant its consent if any action on the referendum is to take place. President Barack Obama supported the movement, pledging to respect Puerto Rico's decision prior to Tuesday's vote.
I guess that 63% of those who took the time to answer have heard about all of the free 5hit that's available up here. That's going to be his victory song for the THIRD-term, you know: AC/DC's "Have A Drink (and a phone, and a SNAP-card, and healthcare) On Me". "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" was just meant as a nod-and-wink to the U.N....
It's a good question. I would have no problem with it, but I read somewhere that the court system in Puerto Rico is different from the US. I would wonder about the "full faith and Credit" clause in the US Constitution.
@dances-weebles My point was, that it is a risk. The budget is huge already and this would add to it. It just doesn't seem logical to me. But it's not my decision to make in the end.:) They'd better not raise taxes for it, that would be... disappointing.
as a commonwealth of the u.s. puerto rico already has full constitutional rights, and full economic benefits. it makes not much difference to the rest of the nation other than the possible economic benefits that they could bring.
Is it teasing? We'll see. The ball is still in Puerto Rico's court. The next step in the process would be for Puerto Rico to petition for statehood.
"The Typical Process Historically, Congress has applied the following general procedure when granting territories statehood: The territory holds a referendum vote to determine the people's desire for or against statehood.
Should a majority vote to seek statehood, the territory petitions the U.S. Congress for statehood.
The territory, if it has not already done so, is required to adopt a form of government and constitution that are in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. Congress - both House and Senate - pass, by a simple majority vote, a joint resolution accepting the territory as a state.
Well I want to know where are they going to cram another star onto the Flag? And as a follow up, will the Federal government subsidize the massive cost the Right will have to bear to change all those flags they have been waving around.? It might just bankrupt them without a federal bailout. I mean hey, the Left sucks up all the freebies. shouldn't the Right be able to plop their faces in the trough some too?
The USA must relinquish sovereignty over the states of Alaska and Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico. USA should restrict governance to its contiguous continental states, and ought not to project hegemony overseas and across international borders.