Report: Puerto Rico is Totally Eff’ed In The Dark Again, Thanks A Lot Republicans

The House passed a bill that would allow Puerto Rico to hold a first-of-its-kind binding referendum on statehood or to gain some kind of independence:

The House voted on Thursday to allow Puerto Ricans to decide the political future of the territory, the first time the chamber has committed to backing a binding process that could pave the way for Puerto Rico to become the nation’s 51st state or an independent country.

The measure, which has the support of the White House, has little chance of becoming law in the short term. It is all but certain to fall short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster in the Senate, where most Republicans are opposed, and there is little time left under this Congress before the G.O.P. takes control of the House in early January, likely burying the effort for at least the next Congress.

But the bipartisan vote — the bill passed 233 to 191 — was a symbolic statement by the House that Puerto Rico’s status as a colonial territory was both untenable and unwanted by many of its voters.

And Republicans react with their usual flair, and totally not racist:

The measure has ZERO chance of passing in the Senate, so don’t throw out your 50-star flag yet.

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11 Responses to Report: Puerto Rico is Totally Eff’ed In The Dark Again, Thanks A Lot Republicans

  1. Mike B. says:

    If it “would be the most indebted, uneducated, poorest, and least-employed state in the nation,” it’s because it has been a US colony, so we helped make it that way, and it’s unlikely to change as long as it’s a colony.

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  2. roket says:

    Hope they find their gold and/or diamond mine (s) AFTER they become an independent country.

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  3. ming says:

    The most indebted, uneducated, poorest, and least-employed states in the nation is totally the Republican brand. It would be a different story if they could figure out how to make Puerto Rico go their way. It is about preserving power. Sticking it to those brown people is just a side benefit.

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  4. robginchicago says:

    “Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) argues Puerto Rico should not be a U.S. state, in part, because not enough residents speak fluent English:

    “How does it benefit America to admit a state that would be the most indebted, uneducated, poorest, and least-employed state in the nation?””

    And yet, both Texas and Florida were still accepted into the Union — go figure.

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  5. Buttermilk Sky says:

    “Uneducated” — from the party that brought us peachtree dishes, gazpacho police, marshall law and covfefe.

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  6. gruaud says:

    Ok, so we refuse them statehood, we refuse them a transition to a commonwealth, we refuse their independence, and we even refuse a free association agreement (which the Marshalls, Micronesia and Palau enjoy).

    So we just hold them under our economic thumb and keep grinding, is that it? Well, they got paper towels, at least.

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  7. vincelamb says:

    Never mind that the GOP platform has included a plank supporting Puerto Rico statehood since at least 2000. I’d call them hypocrites and ignorant of their own policy positions except that they think it would be a feature not a bug. Ignorance is strength, as Orwell wrote in “1984.”

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  8. pwarten says:

    You know what’s ironic?
    A high number of Puerto Ricans are conservative and vote Republican. If Puerto Rico were to gain statehood – alongside DC getting statehood – there’s a good chance it could give Republicans stronger odds to control the Senate (or at least negate the Democratic lock that DC promises to bring).

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    • ming says:

      Trump rat-fucked em after Maria. I doubt progressive or conservative Puerto Ricans support the R’s. Their political system is dominated by three parties: Partido Nuevo Progresista Partido Popular Democratico, and, Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP). So conservative or progressive, they don’t get to vote for republicans in U.S. elections. Not that I think they would.

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