January 28, 2008 – MIAMI, FL: William-José Vélez González, Vice President of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association (”PRSSA”), met today with independent Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate. Vélez González took this opportunity to ask the senator about his position on the issue of Puerto Rico’s political status. Senator Lieberman affirmed that he has always supported and still supports a permanent non-territorial solution to the status problem of Puerto Rico.
Furthermore, the senator also stated that he actively supports House Resolution 900, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007. H.R. 900 provides for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. First, voters would be asked whether they want to keep the current colonial status quo as a territory of the United States. If a majority rejected the territorial status quo and opted for a permanent non-territorial status, voters would be asked to choose between independence and statehood.
The Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007 was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 7, 2007 by Congressman José Serrano (D-NY), and was co-sponsored by Congressman Luis Fortuño (R-PR), the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. The bill was approved by the Subcommittee of Insular Affairs on October 23, 2007 and awaits debate in the floor of the House of Representatives.
Senator Lieberman was present in the Florida International University campus in Miami, Florida, campaigning in support of Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain before the key Florida Republican primary of January 29.
The Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association is an organization of pro-statehood college and high school students originally formed in 1979 and reactivated in 2007. PRSSA members actively work to empower students within the statehood movement by promoting their electoral participation and to create awareness of Puerto Rico’s colonial problem and its eventual solution through statehood. For more information regarding PRSSA, please visit http://www.statehoodpr.org or contact José Cabrera, President of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org.