Posts Tagged: Gerald Ford

A Page from History: Pres. Gerald Ford on Statehood and Free Association

In 1976, then-President Gerald Ford responded to recommendations made to him by an ad hoc advisory group on Puerto Rico with a statement favoring statehood. The advisory group had been put together jointly by the Federal government and Puerto Rico’s local government and had come up with a new idea for Puerto Rico’s status. Then… Read more »

A Page from History: The Puerto Rico Statehood Act of 1977

The Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act of 2021 was filed this spring. But that was not by any means the first Puerto Rico Statehood Act. Consider the Puerto Rico Statehood Act of 1977, introduced by President Gerald Ford after he rejected a proposal for “perfected commonwealth.” The Statehood Act was designed to provide economic opportunity… Read more »

Blast from the Past: Puerto Rico Statehood Discussed on the West Wing

The West Wing, a TV drama about a fictional president of the United States and his staff, took on Puerto Rico’s status in a 2012 episode called “Galileo.” In this episode, the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee has recommended to the Postmaster General that a stamp honoring Marcus Aquino be created. Marcus Aquino is a fictional character… Read more »

Donald Trump Announces Position on Puerto Rico Status

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has released his first offical statement on Puerto Rico status. “There are 3.7 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico,” begins the statement. “As citizens, they should be entitled to determine for themselves their political status.” The Trump statement continues to advocate a “process where Puerto Ricans might resolve their status” and pledges… Read more »

Ben Carson Endorses Statehood for Puerto Rico

Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson visited Puerto Rico on Sunday and gave unambiguous support to statehood for Puerto Rico. At a rally of roughly 3,500 people, Carson cited the patriotism of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million U.S. citizens and said, “You have paid your dues.” Carson left no possible uncertainty about his position on statehood for Puerto Rico…. Read more »

Historic Bipartisan Support For Puerto Rican Self Determination & Statehood

On October 21, 1966, Congressman John P. Saylor (R-PA) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored that sought to provide “for the admission in the Union on an equal footing with the original states, of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.” Congressman Saylor asserted that the door for Puerto Rican statehood would be open… Read more »

U.S. Presidents Favor Statehood for Puerto Rico

One United States President after another has supported statehood for Puerto Rico. In this video, you can hear Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush exhorting the people of Puerto Rico to vote in previous plebiscites. “The voices of three and a half million American citizens in Puerto Rico constitute a formidible force,” said Gerald… Read more »

Puerto Rican Republican Party Reaches Out to House Leadership

The Republican Party of Puerto Rico is stepping up its outreach to the leadership of the House of Representative to urge action on the November Puerto Rican plebiscite.  Members of the Party will join a coalition of forces meeting in Washington today to advocate congressional action on the recent Puerto Rican vote for statehood. Local… Read more »