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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Puerto Rico the 51st State? House to Take Up H.R. 2499 Tomorrow! - Video 4/28/10

The House of Representatives is set to take up H.R. 2499 on Thursday, and vote on the "Puerto Rico Democracy Act" that would set a process in motion that would likely lead to Puerto Rico becoming the 51st State. The video of above has Glenn Beck saying the vote is coming tomorrow, and the Heritage Foundation says the legislation has been rigged by the Democrats to essentially "force statehood" on the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico when they may not actually want it:

According to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House will vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, later this week. The legislation provides Puerto Rico a two stage voting process and makes some non-resident Puerto Ricans eligible to vote on Puerto Rican statehood. This legislation has rigged the process in favor of making Puerto Rico the 51st state and is not a fair way to force statehood on a Commonwealth whose people may not want it. Furthermore, this may be an expensive proposition for the American people who are already on the hook for approximately $12.9 trillion in national debt.

This bill attempts to rig the voting process and denies the American people a real say on the issue of whether they want to allow Puerto Rico to be granted statehood. The fact of the matter is that Puerto Ricans have rejected statehood numerous times and this bill seems to have been written in a way to fast track statehood without a majority of Puerto Ricans favoring the idea. Furthermore, the people of the United States should be allowed a vote on whether they want to admit Puerto Rico as a new state. If the people of Puerto Rico can vote, the people of the United States should have a vote. . . . MORE

This would, of course, likely lead to more Democrats in the House and Senate, and more electoral votes in the Democrat column for President. Could this be why they are rigging it the way they are?

Via Weasel Zippers


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