June 24, 2009
Velázquez Opposed to Puerto Rico Status Bill H.R. 2499
Washington, DC –Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding her opposition to H.R. 2499, Puerto Rico status legislation introduced in the 111th Congress by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi. Velázquez does not support the bill because it would not allow the people of Puerto Rico to establish the process by which the island’s status would be determined. In the 110th Congress, Velázquez introduced legislation authorizing a constitutional convention, whose proposal would be ratified through a referendum and then submitted to Congress.
The Congresswoman states in her letter, “The closed drafting process used to develop H.R. 2499 reflects a lack of collegiality and a mindset that seems dismissive of other points of view. This approach must not be sanctioned. It would be particularly unfortunate for such a non-transparent approach to be applied to an issue that is highly controversial and so central to the lives of all Puerto Ricans.”
Congresswoman Velázquez’s letter to Speaker Pelosi may be downloaded here.
Velázquez also submitted a statement to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which held a hearing on H.R. 2499 today. A copy of the statement may be downloaded here.