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Puerto Rico's Member Of Congress Is So Frustrated, He'd Prefer Independence

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics

Puerto Rico's lone, nonvoting member of Congress has grown so frustrated with Washington's lack of interest in addressing the island's crushing $70 bi...

Puerto Rican Officials Say Congress’ Inaction Will Lead To ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ On The Island

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics

Puerto Rican elected officials pressed Congress forcefully on Wednesday to let the island take advantage of U.S. bankruptcy law before possibly defaul...

Puerto Rico Crisis: It's Not About the Debt, It's About the Politics

David Paul | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
David Paul

When the Puerto Rico debt crisis burst into the news, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla pronounced that the Commonwealth's debt crisis "is not about politics." Of course, to paraphrase H.L. Menken, when a politician says something is not about politics, chances are it's all about politics.

Legalized Pot Could Help Solve The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Could marijuana legalization save the Puerto Rican economy? Right now, marijuana possession in Puerto Rico is a serious crime and first-time offenders are slapped with a felony, two to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. But with legalized pot, Puerto Rico can use the tax revenues and fees it collects to help pay off the debt.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Gutierrez: Obama And Congress Have 'A Responsibility' To Help Puerto Rico

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said this week that the Obama administration is not doing enough to help the territory of Puerto Rico, home...

Why The U.S. Is Partially To Blame For Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico's debt crisis results from the island's status as a United States territory lacking the benefits of statehood, according to ...

Puerto Rico Takes Another Tiny Step Toward Statehood

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.12.2014 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico just took a small step in the direction of becoming the 51st U.S. state. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) submitted legislation Wedn...

Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers Now

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita

Roughly 60 years ago, 91 soldiers from Puerto Rico's 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, were court-martialed and sentenced for desertion and disobedience during the Korean War. The 65th Infantry Regiment was the last segregated unit in the U.S. Army.

Puerto Rican Rep. Threatens To Take Statehood Claim Over Obama's Head

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 06.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member of Congress said Monday he’d take his fight for statehood to the United Nations if the Barack Obama administration ...

Puerto Rican Statehood Legislation Unveiled

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.15.2013 | Latino Voices

Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s legislation to outline a path to statehood is already sparking a backlash. The “Puerto Ri...

How Does Puerto Rico's Status Vote Help D.C.'s Statehood Push?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.28.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Is there a connection between Puerto Rico's upcoming statehood referendum and the District of Columbia's statehood movement? D.C. Sh...

A Convenient Arrangement: Puerto Ricans and the Republican Party in 2012

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita | Posted 12.05.2011 | Latino Voices
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita

The Puerto Rico Investment Promotion Act will create tens of thousands of jobs and jumpstart the Puerto Rican economy. If Republicans can claim credit for its passage, they will be in a better position to win over Puerto Rican voters, particularly in Florida, where it really matters in 2012.

Puerto Rico Democracy Act

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

To be Puerto Rican is to be misunderstood. After 93 years as American citizens, after 112 years after US forces took the island from the Spanish Empi...

Again with the 51st State...

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

The main argument against Puerto Rican statehood is taxation. Except for DC, it has been the policy of the federal government that there be no taxation without representation, so Puerto Ricans don't pay income tax.

Puerto Rico -- the Next Red State?

Steve Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Garcia

If Puerto Rico becomes a state it would add 2 senators and 7 representatives to Congress; we can expect these members to come from the conservatives that hold office in the "state" legislature.

Puerto Rico's Path To Statehood

Steve Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Garcia

H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009, would make Puerto Rico the 51st state.