Posts Tagged: Bill Clinton

Gov Asks US House Sponsors of Statehood Vote Bill to Withdraw Their Sponsorship

Puerto Rico’s “Commonwealth” party governor is worried about the substantial willingness in Congress to grant statehood to the territory. Since taking office, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has lobbied Federal officials to not support the possibility of the equality and permanence for Puerto Rico within the American political family that Puerto Ricans petitioned for in a… Read more »

Democrat’s Statehood Bill Fourth Highest in Republican Sponsorship

Legislation requiring the President to propose legislation to transition Puerto Rico to statehood if Puerto Ricans so choose in a federally sponsored vote has now been endorsed by 120 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Authored by the territory’s elected representative to the Federal government, Pedro Pierluisi (statehood party), who sits in the House… Read more »

101 in US House for Statehood Bill as Two Others Write Against Choice

As the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives supporting a bill on statehood for Puerto Rico crossed the 100 mark, two others yesterday sent fellow House Democrats a letter opposing the legislation. The two are Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Nydia Velazquez of New York.  They have worked closely with the territory’s… Read more »

Bill Clinton Talks Energy in Puerto Rico

President Clinton is visiting Puerto Rico today, Caribbean Business reports, in preparation for talks on how Puerto Rico can use new approaches to energy in support of economic recovery. Clinton, who has a strong track record on alternative energy through the Clinton Foundation, said in 2008 that “Puerto Rico could and should become the first… Read more »

Statehood Bill Gets Most Public Votes on U.S. House Website on All House Bills

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi’s bill on statehood for the territory has won more endorsements on U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Website for registering public support for legislation than any other bill in the House. Republican Leader Cantor’s “Citizen Cosponsor Project” Website,, lets individuals express support for bills by indicating… Read more »

Hearing Notes How Companies Used Territory to Avoid Billions in Taxes

The current use of Puerto Rico to avoid billions of dollars in Federal taxes by big businesses based in the States was raised in a recent U.S. Senate hearing on technology giant Apple counting sales and profits generated in the States as income earned abroad. An expert witness helped explain why the longtime incentive for… Read more »

‘Tea Party’ Hispanic Republican in Congress Endorses Statehood Bill

A favorite of the ‘tea party’ and a leading Hispanic Republican became the latest member of the U.S. House of Representatives to endorse a bill on statehood for Puerto Rico. U.S. Representative Raul Labrador (Idaho) said that the bill was “a good idea” that he would vote for. Labrador made clear that his not sponsoring… Read more »

President Bill Clinton, Executive Order 13183

President Bill Clinton, Executive Order 13183, Establishment of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status, December 23, 2000.  It is the policy of the executive branch of the Government of the United States of America to help answer the questions that the people of Puerto Rico have asked for years regarding the options for… Read more »