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Pascrell Enthusiastically Votes for Puerto Rico Self Determination

Puerto Rico Status Act taken up by House

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today voted in favor of H.R. 8393, the Puerto Rico Status Act, bipartisan legislation that will give the American people of Puerto Rico the ability to decide their political future.

“Self-determination is the central plank of democracy and human civilization,” said Rep. Pascrell. “Puerto Ricans must be allowed to vote on and so decide their own fates. For too long the people of Puerto Rico have been denied this right. For too long Puerto Ricans have suffered pain and indignity without their autonomy. Puerto Ricans are our fellow Americans. The historic legislation we passed today would allow the American people of Puerto Rico to decide their own political future. I enthusiastically support this bill on behalf of the vibrant Puerto Rican community I represent and will continue my openness for Puerto Rico’s full statehood. God bless the people of Puerto Rico!”

The Puerto Rico Status Act would authorize a plebiscite to resolve Puerto Rico’s political status and provide a nonpartisan, federally funded voter education campaign leading up to the vote to explain its implications to the people of Puerto Rico. The bill also specifies Puerto Rico’s non-territorial status options: statehood, independence, and sovereignty in free association with the United States, and ensures implementation of the option that is chosen by a majority of valid votes cast.

Rep. Pascrell is a long-standing supporter of Puerto Rican autonomy and self-determination. Pascrell is a cosponsor of H.R. 1522, the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act. New Jersey’s Ninth District is one of America’s most diverse and includes a large and vibrant Puerto Rican community.

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