Legislation that would give Puerto Rico a chance to become the 51st state or an independent nation is poised to move within the next few weeks in the House with support from senior members of both parties, including Democrat Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia and Republican Don Young of Alaska.Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., says he’s ready to push a similar measure in the Senate....
The House measure (HR 900) would allow Puerto Rico to hold a vote during the 111th Congress on whether to end its territorial status. A later vote would be held to determine statehood or independence.
If it became a state, Puerto Rico’s delegation would include two senators and up to six House seats, based on its population.
Mmmmm. Tasty House seats. Yummy Senate seats.
Which is why the Republicans will probably filibuster it.
But seriously folks, the ambiguity of this situation is just bothersome. Puerto Rico should either go its own way or become a state. Enough procrastination already.