The House of Representatives passed H. R. 2499 on April 29th To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. The bill will allow Puerto Rico to hold two referendums, called plebiscites to choose to change their political status.
The first plebiscite would ask the people of Puerto Rico if they prefer to keep their current political status or change it.
The second plebiscite would determine if they prefer to become their own country independent from the United States, to become a Sovereignty in association with the United States freeing them from the Territorial Clause of the Constitution (Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2), whether Puerto Rico should become a State or retain its present form of political status.
If Puerto Rico should decide to become a state, they will have to change the name of the bill from the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010 to the Puerto Rico Republic Act of 2010 since Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution guarantees “…every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.”
This would could make Puerto Rico the 52nd state after Hawaii and Kenya.
Come on! It’s a joke!