House Passes Puerto Rico Status Act

On Thursday the House passed the Puerto Rico Status Act, which received a floor vote after its approval by a House committee on Wednesday. Now, the race is on to get approval from the Senate before a new Republican-controlled House is sworn in on January 3.

  • Dec 15, 2022
  • 2:47 PM

BUDPR, CASA Issue Joint Statement on Opposition to Puerto Rico Status Act

The Puerto Rico Status Act is “the product of an our-way-or-the-highway approach from pro-statehood House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer that has backed advocates of a fair and just decolonization process for Puerto Rico into a corner,” the two groups said in a joint statement.

  • Aug 19, 2022
  • 4:36 PM

Puerto Rico Status Act Stalls in House Due to ‘Outside Interests’

The legislative clock is running out on the Puerto Rico Status Act, and according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), votes have yet to be counted due to what he says are “outside interests” delaying progress on the bill.

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • 5:27 PM

Puerto Rico Status Act Loses Momentum in House

Rep. Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee which has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico, says the sudden increase in lobbying against the Puerto Rico Status Act is not about process but instead about maintaining the island’s current colonial status.

  • Jul 28, 2022
  • 2:41 PM

All Eyes on AOC to Decide Puerto Rico Status Act

After the Natural Resources Committee passed the Puerto Rico Status Act on Wednesday, all eyes are now on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, whose support or defection from the bill she helped negotiate will likely decide the bill’s fate in the House.

  • Jul 21, 2022
  • 6:22 PM

Puerto Rico Status Act Passes Committee But Faces Uncertain Future in House

Twenty-nine amendments were debated by members of the House Natural Resources Committee who ultimately voted 20-25 to advance the bill, with every Republican voting against the bill except Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, Jenniffer González-Colón.

  • Jul 20, 2022
  • 9:06 PM

Rep. Grijalva Introduces ‘Historic’ Puerto Rico Status Act

On Friday, Natural Resources Committee chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bill that outlines a process for the people of Puerto Rico to decide their political status in a binding resolution that would force Congress to carry out their decision.

  • Jul 15, 2022
  • 3:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Grijalva Previews Next Steps for Puerto Rico Status Act

On Tuesday afternoon, Latino Rebels caught up with the House Committee on Natural Resources Chair in the Speaker’s Lobby of the House of Representatives for an update on the bill that has brought the two policy factions supporting statehood and self-determination bills together for the first time.

  • Jun 15, 2022
  • 10:58 AM

Will Congress Translate Proposed Puerto Rico Status Legislation Into Spanish?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A discussion is brewing in the House of Representatives over whether or not the new Puerto Rico Status Discussion Draft will be translated into Spanish.

  • Jun 9, 2022
  • 2:48 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Ocasio-Cortez on the Future of Puerto Rico Status Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Days after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) traveled to Puerto Rico with three fellow House members to hold a public forum to discuss the new Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft, Latino Rebels caught up with the New York Democrat on Wednesday evening for an update on the bill.

  • Jun 8, 2022
  • 9:02 PM

No Clear Consensus During Public Forum for Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft

As anticipated, there was no overarching agreement over the future of the political status of Puerto Rico—although the predominantly shared sentiment from speakers was that the discussion draft was a good start to relinquishing themselves of colonialism.

  • Jun 7, 2022
  • 5:42 PM

Three Testimonies to Congressional Committee Show Clearly Different Views on Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft

Over the weekend, Latino Rebels received testimonies from three speakers, each representing a different take on the status question and the discussion draft bill. We are sharing each testimony here to show the broad political spectrum this discussion draft debate represents.

  • Jun 6, 2022
  • 2:08 PM

Senate Remains Divided on Puerto Rico Status Question

Even if the Puerto Rico Status Act passes the House —which is far from certain— it would still need to pass the Senate, where 60 votes are required to break a filibuster. If it doesn’t pass Congress, then there will be no binding plebiscite, currently scheduled for November 5, 2023.

  • May 24, 2022
  • 6:17 PM

Key Features of Puerto Rico Status Act

The Puerto Rico Status Act brings together two competing bills in the House: the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act and the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s in it.

  • May 20, 2022
  • 4:20 PM

‘Historic’ Puerto Rico Status Compromise Bill Faces Uncertain Future in Congress

Following a press conference on Thursday, members of the House negotiating team behind a potential consensus bill on Puerto Rico’s status released what is likely a messaging bill meant to act as a framework for further negotiations and their outcome.

  • May 19, 2022
  • 4:59 PM

Reps. Velázquez, González-Colón Find Consensus in Puerto Rico Status Bill

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, Jenniffer González Colón, tell Latino Rebels that, despite their opposing perspectives on Puerto Rico’s status question, there are at least two areas of common ground driving the negotiations on a consensus bill.

  • May 18, 2022
  • 7:23 PM

Rep. Velázquez, Resident Commissioner González-Colón Issue Joint Statement on Puerto Rico Status

In a surprising display of bipartisanship, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) issued a joint statement on Thursday concerning the ongoing debate in the House of Representatives on Puerto Rico’s political status. My statement with @RepJenniffer below. — Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) April 28, 2022 “We both […]

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • 5:30 PM

House Seeks Consensus Bill on Puerto Rico Status

A single staffer in House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD) office has been tasked with the seemingly impossible job of combining an all-or-nothing proposition for statehood with an open-ended process for self-determination.

  • Apr 1, 2022
  • 2:43 PM

Grijalva Releases DOJ Analysis of Puerto Rico Status Bills Before Wednesday Hearing

“I thank the Department of Justice for submitting its assessments of both bills,” the Arizona Democrat said on Monday.

  • Jun 14, 2021
  • 12:28 PM

Rep. Gutiérrez Tells US House: Avoid Smokescreen of Puerto Rico Status Issue

Yesterday, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) spent about five minutes speaking to the U.S. House of Representatives about Puerto Rico. This morning, Gutiérrez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, shared more thoughts about the current situation. Here is the transcript of Gutiérrez’s prepared remarks this morning, which his office released to the press: Rep. Gutiérrez on […]

  • Jul 29, 2015
  • 12:04 PM

Heritage Slams Omnibus Approval of $2.5 Million for Puerto Rico Status Campaign

Last week’s omnibus spending bill approved by Congress contains a lot of items for sure, and on page 137 it says this: Granted, most astute and knowledgeable observers of island politics think that these few lines are a a good sign to finally resolve Puerto Rico’s perpetual political limbo status with the United States, a […]

  • Jan 19, 2014
  • 12:05 PM

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