Resident commissioner: Draft status bill is complete
By The Star Staff
After months of work and much discussion, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón announced Thursday that the draft status bill is complete and ready to be presented to the U.S. Congress.
“In a collaborative effort and after receiving the input of the people of Puerto Rico, we move on to the next phase, which is to introduce a final bill, take it to the vote of the Committee on Natural Resources and then to the plenary session of the House of Representatives at the end of July, and to the Senate in early August,” González Colón said.
Congress remains firm that the commonwealth is not a decolonizing option, so the three options of the binding plebiscite contained in the bill remain statehood, independence, and sovereignty in free association with the United States, the resident commissioner said.
“The people of Puerto Rico have overwhelmingly voted for Statehood in the last three plebiscites and this bill is the self-executing vehicle that Congress provides to achieve it without further delay,” González Colón said. “The time has come to achieve Statehood! There is no going back; this bill will be the final decision for the people.”