Jeffrey L. Farrow

Jeffrey L. Farrow, Co-Chair of President Clinton’s Interagency Group on Puerto Rico, Testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee, October 4, 2000, p. 15-16.  Although it is called a commonwealth proposal, it is for a very different governing arrangement than the present one.  It is also different from the commonwealth in the only other status… Read more »

Rep. Don Young

Rep. Don Young (R-AK), House Floor Statement upon the Introduction of H. Con. Res. 300, Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding the Commonwealth Option Presented in the Puerto Rican Plebiscite, Friday, Sept. 30, 1994.  [On the November 14, 1993 plebiscite ballot], [t]he people were presented a mythical commonwealth option which proposed significant changes to the… Read more »

Sen. Paul Simon

Sen. Paul Simon (D-IL), Senate Floor Statement upon the Introduction of S. Con. Res. 75, Relating to the Commonwealth Option in Puerto Rico, September 30, 1994.  In the interests of comity, the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico permitted each of the three political parties represented in the plebiscite–the Statehood Party, the Commonwealth Party, and the… Read more »

Rep. George Miller

Rep. George Miller (D-CA), House Floor Debate on H.R. 856, United States-Puerto Rico Political Status Act, March 4, 1998, Congressional Record, page H774 (oral remarks).  I was very distraught at the beginning of this process because I felt that those who support commonwealth were not able to present their definition to the Congress, to the… Read more »

Rep. Dan Burton

Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), Testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee, October 4, 2000, p. 9.  Maybe [Enhanced Commonwealth] is the result of pure ignorance or maybe it is the brainchild of political opportunists seeking to confuse or complicate the issue.  Regardless, it is our duty to clarify these statements that have misled millions of… Read more »

Rep. Jim Saxton

Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee, October 4, 2000, p. 7.  Now, it seems to me that if something looks like a duck and it acts like a duck and it talks like a duck, we all know that it is probably a duck.  But if something would look like… Read more »

Rep. Kildee

Rep. Kildee (D-MI), Statement before the House Natural Resources Committee, October 4, 2000, p. 29.  I think this proposal is legal fiction, at best, and a hoax, at worst.  I do not see how it can be done.  But if it could be done, if this legal fiction somehow could be defictionalized, then you could… Read more »

Resident Commissioner Luis G. Fortuno

Resident Commissioner Luis G. Fortuno, Response to Written Questions Submitted by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Senate Energy Committee, November 15, 2006, p. 59.  The fundamental problem with the Governor’s proposal is that it would invite Puerto Rico to choose a status proposal that is incompatible with the Constitution and basic laws and policies of the… Read more »

Governor Anibal Acevedo-Vila

Governor Anibal Acevedo-Vila, written Responses to Questions submitted by Senator Craig (R-ID), Senate Energy Committee, November 15, 2006, pp. 49-51.