Thats the US constitution's rules on new states. Not specific. Puerto Rico is certainly eligible for statehood. I found this: " 1. A territory petitions Congress. 2. The dependent area drafts a constitution with a republican form of government. 3. Congress must approve statehood by a simple majority. 4. The President must sign the bill." from here, [link]
I know the Puerto Rican public has approved statehood, but has the territorial government drafted a State constitution, or petitioned congress yet?
"How do you think the US government will handle Puerto Rico once it does become a state?" Same as any other state. Puerto Rico is already US soil, and Puerto Ricans have been American citizens for a very long time. They have their own National Guard, and most state level functions in a territorial government.
Not much will change, except people in the soon to be 51 states, will actuall hear more about PR, because it will be relevant in national politics.
In regards to Omega's post, I wasn't aware that making no retort whatsoever and simply telling somebody to 'get over it' constitutes as a legitimate dismissal of one's argument. And upset? Contrarily that would be you and him, as evidenced by your desire to make a separate comment chain bawling about my block in a circle-jerk fashion. I blocked him because I do not tolerate responses which do not make some attempt at an in-depth discussion.
Furthermore I cannot help but find Omega's spiteful wailing to be ironic considering his history of blocking people who are actually putting forth legitimate debates, as a cop-out method.
The only people who condescend the usage of Wikipedia are those who do not know how to use the site and have no idea what a reference is.
"...I found some helpfully debasing arguments."
So instead of actually providing these debasing arguments so that we could have had a legitimate debate of some sort, you babbled on with an irrelevant analogy about Axe body spray.
Considering that according to him I'm your groupie even though I've never met you before this thread (hi, by the way), while he claims you somehow support things that happened in another thread you didn't participate in and never heard of, and he and his groupie have thoroughly derailed yet another thread off-topic bitching about me at length, while I'm bad for making... one initial comment about them...
You only think he's unhinged? You're far more gracious than I.
The Puerto Rico legislature submitted their official request for statehood in mid December www.puertoricoreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/2012-concurrent-resolution.pdf
Likely, this was intentionally not taken up by the last session of Congress, as they had some big ticket stuff on their plate that needed to happen before it closed. Some of which they didn't get to (Sandy aid). I imagine this will be taken up by the current congressional session, which has just opened its two year tenure.
No, they did not. The last session of congress ended with the Speaker walking off the floor without allowing a vote to be taken. The aid passed since is nowhere equal to that request or equivalent to other Sandy level disasters, such as Katrina or Andrew.
Just remember, two of the best states in generating income for the US economy, don't deserve to get some of the federal funds they've been contributing steadily all this time compared to the red states, after they got hit by a hurricane, whose effects were made worse by climate change and other factors the government refused to spend money to address.
They did not get it. The bill on the floor that the Speaker refused a vote on was for upwards of $50b. It wasnn't that a few people did not want to vote for it, a vote was not allowed to even take place. What has been passed is enough to allow FEMA to keep functioning for a few more weeks, only about $9b.
The actual vote on letting PR in would be fairly simple, I'd think, especially since AFAIK it's one of the few things both sides actually agree on.
As for other changes... there'd have to be structural changes to fold PR into our system of taxation, government structure, regulations/standards, and so on. They'd also get 2 Senators. And we'd have a new flag. Nothing that earth-shattering or surprising.
The tricky part to predict is how they'd shuffle around to fit in the number of House representatives PR would get. Not sure if they'd shuffle things around across the board to stay under the current mandated limit of 435 total for the country, or go through an amendment to raise the limit.
There's a hard limit of 435, though it is congressional and not constitutional. Meanwhile, PR's current Rep right now isn't allowed to officially vote on anything, so right now they don't count towards the limit.
Granted, I can see the purpose of a limit; if we matched the "one per 35,000 people rule" (I think that's the number) we'd have almost 10,000 Reps. It'd be like trying to get a small city to convene, discuss, and agree on anything. I think our current limit could still be larger, though.
But, in any case, it leaves open the question if they'll raise the limit by at least one, or reshuffle everyone to figure out which state to take a Rep from.
I doubt that would change much if at all, honestly. I would expect (though I admit I don't know for sure) PR to already be unofficially bilingual to some degree if only to handle tourism and official correspondence with the English-speaking mainland, and the US has no official language for them to conform to.
If the Puerto Ricans really wanted to elect people who only spoke Spanish and have one party or the other hire translators for every interaction with any of their English-only coworkers, I've no doubt there will some mainland folks that find it annoying, but AFAIK it wouldn't be breaking any official federal rules.
Well, unless you meant culturally rather than legally... in which case, sure, I suspect they might become more equally bilingual if only for convenience's sake.