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. 59The 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 United States and, thus, is not a status option.

This proposal calls for the U.S. to be permanently bound to the terms of a Covenant with a nation of Puerto Rico that could nullify federal laws and court jurisdiction and enter into international agreements and organizations that States cannot while the U.S. grants an additional subsidy to Puerto Rico and new incentives for investment from the States and continues to grant all current assistance to Puerto Ricans, totally free access to any goods shipped from Puerto Rico, and citizenship.

[I]t would raise expectations on the part of the people of Puerto Rico that cannot be fulfilled[.]

 

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