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Titles (4)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010

Short Titles as Reported to House

Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009

Short Titles as Introduced

Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico.


Actions Overview (3)

Date
04/29/2010Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 223 - 169, 1 Present (Roll no. 242).
10/08/2009Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 111-294.
05/19/2009Introduced in House

All Actions (56)

Date Chamber
05/19/2010SenateCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearings held.
04/30/2010SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
04/29/2010-6:56pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
04/29/2010-6:56pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 223 - 169, 1 Present (Roll no. 242).
04/29/2010-6:39pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 194 - 198 (Roll no. 241).
04/29/2010-6:22pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H3058)
04/29/2010-6:13pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings (WA) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House with an amendment to allow Puerto Rico to be admitted as a State of the Union and ensure that english shall be the official language of the State; and to allow the residents of Puerto Rico to have the right to own, possess, carry, or use firearms for lawful defense.
04/29/2010-6:13pmHouseMr. Hastings (WA) moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources. (consideration: CR H3057-3058; text: CR H3057)
04/29/2010-6:12pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text: CR H3041)
04/29/2010-6:11pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2499.
04/29/2010-6:11pmHouseH.Amdt.625 On agreeing to the Velazquez amendment (A007) Failed by recorded vote: 171 - 223 (Roll no. 240).
04/29/2010-6:05pmHouseH.Amdt.624 On agreeing to the Velazquez amendment (A006) Failed by recorded vote: 112 - 285 (Roll no. 239).
04/29/2010-5:58pmHouseH.Amdt.623 On agreeing to the Velazquez amendment (A005) Failed by recorded vote: 11 - 387 (Roll no. 238).
04/29/2010-5:51pmHouseH.Amdt.622 On agreeing to the Burton (IN) amendment (A004) Agreed to by recorded vote: 301 - 100 (Roll no. 237).
04/29/2010-5:44pmHouseH.Amdt.621 On agreeing to the Gutierrez amendment (A003) Failed by recorded vote: 13 - 386 (Roll no. 236).
04/29/2010-5:36pmHouseH.Amdt.620 On agreeing to the Gutierrez amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 164 - 236 (Roll no. 235).
04/29/2010-5:29pmHouseH.Amdt.619 On agreeing to the Foxx amendment (A001) Agreed to by recorded vote: 223 - 179 (Roll no. 234).
04/29/2010-4:56pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of adoption of amendments which had been previously debated and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
04/29/2010-4:55pmHouseH.Amdt.626 By unanimous consent, the Hastings (WA) amendment was withdrawn. (consideration: CR H3052)
04/29/2010-4:50pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings (WA) amendment in the nature of a substitute.
04/29/2010-4:49pmHouseH.Amdt.626 Amendment (A008) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Hastings (WA). (consideration: CR H3051-3052; text: CR H3051)
04/29/2010-4:49pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Velazquez amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Rahall demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
04/29/2010-4:38pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Velazquez amendment in the nature of a substitute number 7.
04/29/2010-4:38pmHouseH.Amdt.625 Amendment (A007) in the nature of a substitute offered by Ms. Velazquez. (consideration: CR H3050-3051, H3056-3057; text: CR H3050)
04/29/2010-4:38pmHouseDEBATE - At the conclusion of debate on the Velazquez amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Rahall demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
04/29/2010-4:26pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Velazquez amendment number 6.
04/29/2010-4:26pmHouseH.Amdt.624 Amendment (A006) offered by Ms. Velazquez. (consideration: CR H3048-3050, H3055-3056; text: CR H3048)
04/29/2010-4:25pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Velazquez amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Velazquez demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
04/29/2010-4:15pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Velazquez amendment number 5.
04/29/2010-4:15pmHouseH.Amdt.623 Amendment (A005) offered by Ms. Velazquez. (consideration: CR H3047-3048, H3055; text: CR H3047)
04/29/2010-4:14pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Burton (IN) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Burton (IN) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
04/29/2010-4:02pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Burton (IN) amendment.
04/29/2010-4:02pmHouseH.Amdt.622 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Burton (IN). (consideration: CR H3045-3047, H3054-3055; text: CR H3045-3046)
04/29/2010-4:01pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gutierrez amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Velazquez demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
04/29/2010-3:51pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gutierrez amendment number 3.
04/29/2010-3:51pmHouseH.Amdt.621 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Gutierrez. (consideration: CR H3044-3045, H3053-3054; text: CR H3044)
04/29/2010-3:50pmHousePOSTOPNED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gutierrez amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Gutierrez demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
04/29/2010-3:39pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gutierrez amendment number 2.
04/29/2010-3:39pmHouseH.Amdt.620 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Gutierrez. (consideration: CR H3043-3044, H3053; text: CR H3043)
04/29/2010-3:38pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Foxx amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Rahall demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
04/29/2010-3:26pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 1305, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Foxx amendment.
04/29/2010-3:26pmHouseH.Amdt.619 Amendment (A001) offered by Ms. Foxx. (consideration: CR H3041-3043, H3052-3053; text: CR H3041)
04/29/2010-1:34pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour and thirty minutes of general debate on H.R. 2499.
04/29/2010-1:33pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Adam B. Schiff to act as Chairman of the Committee.
04/29/2010-1:33pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 1305 and Rule XVIII.
04/29/2010-1:33pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 2499 with 1 hour and 30 minutes of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
04/29/2010-1:33pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 1305. (consideration: CR H3029-3059)
04/29/2010-1:01pmHouseRule H. Res. 1305 passed House.
04/28/2010-6:30pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 1305 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2499 with 1 hour and 30 minutes of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
10/08/2009HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 164.
10/08/2009HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 111-294.
07/22/2009HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 30 - 8.
07/22/2009HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
06/24/2009HouseCommittee Hearings Held.
05/19/2009HouseReferred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
05/19/2009HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (181)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Abercrombie, Neil [D-HI-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Arcuri, Michael A. [D-NY-24]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Baird, Brian [D-WA-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Berkley, Shelley [D-NV-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Berman, Howard L. [D-CA-28]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU-At Large]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-7]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Brown, Corrine [D-FL-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Brown, Henry E., Jr. [R-SC-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Burton, Dan [R-IN-5]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Cardoza, Dennis A. [D-CA-18]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Castle, Michael N. [R-DE-At Large]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-11]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-20]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Delahunt, Bill [D-MA-10]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R-FL-21]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Diaz-Balart, Mario [R-FL-25]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-17]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. [D-AS-At Large]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-17]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Fattah, Chaka [D-PA-2]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ-6]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Gerlach, Jim [R-PA-6]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Grayson, Alan [D-FL-8]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Hare, Phil [D-IL-17]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-23]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-27]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Hinchey, Maurice D. [D-NY-22]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Kennedy, Patrick J. [D-RI-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Kildee, Dale E. [D-MI-5]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [D-MI-13]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Klein, Ron [D-FL-22]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Kratovil, Frank, Jr. [D-MD-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-9]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Lungren, Daniel E. [R-CA-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Mack, Connie [R-FL-14]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Maffei, Daniel B. [D-NY-25]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Markey, Betsy [D-CO-4]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Massa, Eric J. J. [D-NY-29]* 05/19/2009
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Mollohan, Alan B. [D-WV-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Olver, John W. [D-MA-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Ortiz, Solomon P. [D-TX-27]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Pence, Mike [R-IN-6]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Putnam, Adam H. [R-FL-12]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II [D-WV-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Reyes, Silvestre [D-TX-16]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Rodriguez, Ciro D. [D-TX-23]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-18]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho [D-MP-At Large]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Salazar, John T. [D-CO-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Sanchez, Loretta [D-CA-47]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Shuler, Heath [D-NC-11]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Stark, Fortney Pete [D-CA-13]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Taylor, Gene [D-MS-4]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-21]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-20]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Watson, Diane E. [D-CA-33]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Watt, Melvin L. [D-NC-12]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-30]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Westmoreland, Lynn A. [R-GA-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Wexler, Robert [D-FL-19]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Wu, David [D-OR-1]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]* 05/19/2009
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7] 05/20/2009
Rep. McCotter, Thaddeus G. [R-MI-11] 05/20/2009
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 05/20/2009
Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31] 05/21/2009
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] 06/02/2009
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] 06/02/2009
Rep. Kucinich, Dennis J. [D-OH-10] 06/02/2009
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] 06/02/2009
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 06/02/2009
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] 06/02/2009
Rep. Sutton, Betty [D-OH-13] 06/02/2009
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] 06/02/2009
Rep. Paul, Ron [R-TX-14] 06/03/2009
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-15] 06/03/2009
Rep. Akin, W. Todd [R-MO-2] 06/03/2009
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-2] 06/03/2009
Rep. Dicks, Norman D. [D-WA-6] 06/03/2009
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] 06/03/2009
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1] 06/03/2009
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] 06/03/2009
Rep. Schock, Aaron [R-IL-18] 06/04/2009
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] 06/04/2009
Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1] 06/04/2009
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-16] 06/04/2009
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-13] 06/04/2009
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-12] 06/08/2009
Rep. Woolsey, Lynn C. [D-CA-6] 06/08/2009
Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24] 06/08/2009
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 06/08/2009
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] 06/08/2009
Rep. Spratt, John M., Jr. [D-SC-5] 06/09/2009
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] 06/09/2009
Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7] 06/09/2009
Rep. Fallin, Mary [R-OK-5] 06/09/2009
Rep. Miller, Candice S. [R-MI-10] 06/09/2009
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1] 06/10/2009
Rep. LaTourette, Steven C. [R-OH-14] 06/10/2009
Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-18] 06/10/2009
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-9] 06/10/2009
Rep. Davis, Artur [D-AL-7] 06/10/2009
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-6] 06/10/2009
Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-8] 06/11/2009
Rep. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM-1] 06/11/2009
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-25] 06/11/2009
Rep. Carnahan, Russ [D-MO-3] 06/15/2009
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] 06/15/2009
Rep. Fleming, John [R-LA-4] 06/15/2009
Rep. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA-7] 06/16/2009
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 06/16/2009
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3] 06/16/2009
Rep. McCarthy, Kevin [R-CA-22] 06/17/2009
Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-21] 06/17/2009
Rep. Driehaus, Steve [D-OH-1] 06/17/2009
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-11] 06/17/2009
Rep. Braley, Bruce L. [D-IA-1] 06/18/2009
Rep. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI-2] 06/18/2009
Rep. McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" [R-CA-25] 06/18/2009
Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] 06/18/2009
Rep. Kosmas, Suzanne M. [D-FL-24] 06/19/2009
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] 06/23/2009
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-3] 06/23/2009
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] 06/23/2009
Rep. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA-6] 06/26/2009
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-1] 07/07/2009
Rep. Wamp, Zach [R-TN-3] 07/07/2009
Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2] 07/07/2009
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-29] 07/07/2009
Rep. Tsongas, Niki [D-MA-5] 07/08/2009
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] 07/14/2009
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3] 07/15/2009
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] 07/16/2009
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 07/20/2009
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] 07/21/2009
Rep. Camp, Dave [R-MI-4] 07/24/2009
Rep. Meek, Kendrick B. [D-FL-17] 07/28/2009
Rep. Baca, Joe [D-CA-43] 09/08/2009
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-44] 09/14/2009
Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-2] 09/22/2009
Rep. Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D-SD-At Large] 09/22/2009
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-7] 09/23/2009
Rep. Tierney, John F. [D-MA-6] 09/24/2009
Rep. Issa, Darrell E. [R-CA-49] 09/25/2009
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-9] 09/29/2009
Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-7] 10/01/2009
Rep. Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. [D-PA-3] 10/06/2009
Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-13] 10/06/2009
Rep. Terry, Lee [R-NE-2] 10/06/2009
Rep. Capps, Lois [D-CA-23] 10/07/2009
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-28] 10/07/2009
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-16] 10/08/2009
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] 10/08/2009
Rep. Brown-Waite, Ginny [R-FL-5] 10/08/2009
Rep. Shadegg, John B. [R-AZ-3] 10/08/2009

Committees (2)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Natural Resources05/19/2009 Referred to
06/24/2009 Hearings by
07/22/2009 Markup by
10/08/2009 Reported by H. Rept. 111-294
Senate Energy and Natural Resources04/30/2010 Referred to
05/19/2010 Hearings by

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Subjects (6)


Latest Summary (3)

There are 3 summaries for H.R.2499. View summaries

Shown Here:
Passed House amended (04/29/2010)

Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010 - Authorizes the government of Puerto Rico: (1) to conduct a plebiscite giving voters the option to vote to continue Puerto Rico's present political status or to have a different political status; (2) if a majority of ballots favor continuing the present status, to conduct additional such plebiscites every eight years; and (3) if a majority of ballots favor having a different status, to conduct a plebiscite on the options of becoming fully independent from the United States, forming with the United States a political association between sovereign nations that will not be subject to the Territorial Clause of the Constitution, being admitted as a state of the Union, or continuing its present political status.

Prescribes the eligibility requirements for voting in a plebiscite. Requires the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission to: (1) certify plebiscite results to the President and Congress; and (2) ensure that all ballots used for a plebiscite include the full content of the ballot printed in English. Directs the Commission to inform persons voting in a plebiscite that if Puerto Rico retains its current political status or is admitted as a state: (1) the official language requirements of the federal government shall apply to Puerto Rico; and (2) it is the best interest of the United States for the teaching of English to be promoted in Puerto Rico as the language of opportunity and empowerment in order to enable students in public schools to achieve English language proficiency.

Requires the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to pay all costs associated with such plebiscite (including the costs of printing, distribution, transportation, collection, and counting of all ballots).