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Legislative Hearing on Puerto rico political status

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), the Committee on Natural Resources Office of Insular Affairs held a remote Full Committee Legislative Hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 1522 (Rep. Darren Soto), To provide for the admission of the State of Puerto Rico into the Union. Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act.

  • H.R. 2070 (Rep. Nydia Velázquez), To recognize the right of the People of Puerto Rico to call a status convention through which the people would exercise their natural right to self-determination, and to establish a mechanism for congressional consideration of such decision, and for other purposes. Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021


Witness List H.R. 1522, “Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act” The Hon. Pedro R. Pierluisi (testimony) Governor of Puerto Rico San Juan, PR Ms. Johanne Vélez-García (testimony) Vice President, Puerto Rico Democratic Party San Juan, PR Mr. José Fuentes (testimony) Chair, Puerto Rico Statehood Council Washington, DC Dr. Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus (testimony) Professor of Law, Columbia Law School New York, NY H.R. 2070, “Puerto Rico Self- Determination Act of 2021” The Hon. Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá (testimony) Former Governor, Popular Democratic Party San Juan, PR The Hon. Rafael Hernández (testimony) Speaker, Puerto Rico House of Representatives San Juan, PR The Hon. María de Lourdes Santiago (testimony) Senator, Puerto Rico Independence Party San Juan, PR The Hon. Manuel Natal-Albelo (testimony) President, Citizens Victory Movement San Juan, PR



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