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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.
Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, about 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results. Voter turnout was just 23 percent, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote that several political parties had urged their supporters to boycott.
And the U.S. Congress has final say in any changes to Puerto Rico's political status.
But that didn't stop Gov. Pedro Rossello from vowing to push ahead with his administration's quest to make the island the 51st U.S. state and declaring that "Puerto Rico voted for statehood." He said he would create a commission to ensure that Congress validate the referendum's results.
The political party strength in Puerto Rico has been held by different political parties in the history of Puerto Rico. Today, only two parties hold a significant political strength, namely:
the Popular Democratic Party which is currently in power and holds about 47% of the popular vote while advocating for maintaining the current political status of Puerto Rico as that of an unincorporated territory of the United States with self-government, and
the New Progressive Party which holds about 47% of the popular vote while advocating for Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States.
Political party strength in Puerto Rico
originally posted by: lordcomac
Of course they did!
Only individuals were allowed to come here and suck up free money before, the next step would be allowing entire "states" to do the same, eh?
It's a bummer their country is a wreck, but that's what you get for using a Fiat currency. They all inevitably fail.
All of them.
We've got bigger problems to solve than theirs...
originally posted by: daskakik
a reply to: lordcomac
Puerto Ricans have been US citizens since 1941.
INA: ACT 302 - PERSONS BORN IN PUERTO RICO
All persons born in Puerto Rico on or after January 13, 1941, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, are citizens of the United States at birth.
With a population of 3.6 million, Puerto Rico would send two US senators and four or five congresspersons to Washington, D.C. All of them would be Democrats.
Do you think the Republican Party will allow that?
So the only time a “Statehood for Puerto Rico” bill would pass is during a perfect alignment of all the following:
a referendum in Puerto Rico which expresses a clear majority for statehood
a Democratic majority in the US congress
a Democratic majority in the US Senate
a Democratic president
In addition to all this fierce lobbying (and money exchanging hands) there will be no “congressional consensus” because congressional seats are a zero-sum game. There are always a fixed number of congressional seats: 435. If five new congressional seats are created for Puerto Rico, five seats will be taken away from five other states. This would be accomplished through congressional re-districting after the next decennial US Census.
If you were a member of the US Congress, would you risk losing your own seat – losing your political career – in order to make room for Puerto Rico?
His party also has noted that the U.S. Justice Department has not backed the referendum. A department spokesman told the AP that the agency has not reviewed or approved the ballot's language. Federal officials in April rejected an original version, in part because it did not offer the territory's current status as an option. The Rossello administration added it and sent the ballot back for review, but the department said it needed more time and asked that the vote be postponed, which it wasn't. No clear majority emerged in the first three referendums on status, with voters almost evenly divided between statehood and the status quo. During the last referendum in 2012, 54 percent said they wanted a status change. Sixty-one percent who answered a second question said they favored statehood, but nearly half a million voters left that question blank, leading many to claim the results weren't legitimate.
originally posted by: daskakik
a reply to: Rosinitiate
Sure about that?
Welfare in Puerto Rico
Translation - Federal Funds to Puerto Rico
The United States → Net Gain - 44.6 Billion
Puerto Rico → Net Loss - 44.6 Billion