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HR 856 - Puerto Rico Political Status bill - National Key Vote

Luis Gutiérrez voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

Read statements Luis Gutiérrez made in this general time period.


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Legislation - Bill Sent To Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (209-208) - (Key vote)
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Title: Puerto Rico Political Status bill

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill requiring Puerto Rico to hold a referendum to determine its future political status.

  • Creates a process for the people of Puerto Rico to decide their future political status through a referendum offering 3 options: continue as a commonwealth, statehood, or independence.
  • Requires the referendum be taken by December 31, 1998.
  • States that the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico would remain the same if the decision is commonwealth, with referendums held every 10 years thereafter.
  • Dictates that the President must develop a transition plan over the span of 10 years if the decision is statehood within 180 days of the referendum results.
  • States that Puerto Rico will hold a constitutional convention if the decision is independence with a transition plan also of 10 years.
  • Requires Puerto Rico to accept English as the official language of the United States if it decides to puruse statehood.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Puerto Rico Political Status bill



  • Neil Abercrombie (HI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gary L. Ackerman (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James 'Jim' Barcia (MI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Dan L. Burton (IN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Donna Marie Christensen (VI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • William L. 'Bill' Clay Sr. (MO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas M. 'Tom' Davis III (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William D. 'Bill' Delahunt (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas Dale 'Tom' DeLay (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter Deutsch (FL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jay W. Dickey (AR - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Calvin M. 'Cal' Dooley (CA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip 'Phil' English (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Samuel 'Sam' Farr (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Chaka Fattah Sr. (PA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Victor H. 'Vic' Fazio (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael Patrick Forbes (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Elton W. Gallegly (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard Andrew 'Dick' Gephardt (MO - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Wayne T. Gilchrest (MD - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Benjamin A. Gilman (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Newton Leroy 'Newt' Gingrich (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Raymond Eugene 'Gene' Green (TX - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Tony P. Hall (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James V. 'Jim' Hansen (UT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • J. Dennis 'Denny' Hastert (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Maurice D. Hinchey (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Rubén E. Hinojosa Sr. (TX - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher 'Chris' John (LA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Walter Beaman Jones Jr. (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Patrick Joseph Kennedy (RI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Dale E. Kildee (MI - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jay C. Kim (CA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Ronald P. 'Ron' Klink (PA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Dennis J. Kucinich (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Rick A. Lazio (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Edward J. 'Ed' Markey (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Matthew G. 'Marty' Martinez (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Bill McCollum (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael R. 'Mike' McNulty (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Carrie P. Meek (FL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • George Miller (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink (HI - ) (Out Of Office)
  • James L. 'Jim' Oberstar (MN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Solomon P. Ortiz Sr. (TX - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Major R. Owens (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael G. Oxley (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Edward López 'Ed' Pastor (AZ - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Donald M. Payne (NJ - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Owen B. Pickett (VA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard W. Pombo (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • George P. Radanovich (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Nick Joe Rahall II (WV - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Silvestre 'Silver' Reyes (TX - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo (PR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Steven R. 'Steve' Rothman (NJ - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Loretta L. Sanchez (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas C. 'Tom' Sawyer (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • H. James 'Jim' Saxton (NJ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • José E. Serrano (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph R. 'Joe' Skeen (NM - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Victor F. 'Vic' Snyder (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Lee 'Bob' Stump (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William J. 'Billy' Tauzin II (LA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John F. Tierney (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Esteban Edward Torres (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Anacletus Underwood (GU - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Bruce Frank Vento (MN - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Albert R. Wynn (MD - D) (Out Of Office)
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