Today, Congressman José E. Serrano announced that he is an original co-sponsor of the newly introduced "Puerto Rico Status Resolution Act," which would give Puerto Ricans a clear choice regarding their desire to become the 51st State, in a manner free of other competing options.
"Today I took the step of co-sponsoring a bill that would give Puerto Ricans a clear choice to end the current colonial status," said Congressman Serrano. "Through this bill, Congress would ask whether Puerto Ricans wish to become the 51st State or stay as they are. I believe that this constitutionally acceptable choice is a fair question that eliminates the distractions of options that maintain the colonial relationship. This bill does not promise anything that cannot exist, and does not attempt to tip the scales. It is simple, straightforward, and clear.
"I have always believed that the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico must end. I support all options that would accomplish this goal, whether that be through statehood, independence, or free association. To that end, I continue to support federal funding for Puerto Rico to conduct a plebiscite on all constitutionally viable options for resolving the status question.
"I must repeat: I do not favor statehood over independence or free association. I will support any bill or process that ends the current status. But I will not, and cannot, support anything that would maintain or make permanent the colonial relationship.
"I believe this bill is an honest attempt to move the status debate forward--something that has not happened since 1952. We have been arguing the same points since then. It is time to move forward and this bill is an attempt to do this. After 115 years, Puerto Rico needs to send a clear and straightforward message to Congress, and begin to unwind this unequal, colonial relationship."