Buried somewhere near the bottom of the daily Congressional Record is a note regarding HR 2499, short title the ‘Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009’. The bill would give Puerto Ricans the authority to vote for statehood, independance, or the status quo. In the latter case, there would be similar votes every 8 years.
What do to with Puerto Rico is a topic as fitting with the title of this blog as any other intracable political debate. There are passionately held opinions on all sides of the issue. I doubt that there will be a vote on this bill until after some version of the all-consuming healthcare bill finishes eeking its way through the House, but already the "United States Council for Puerto Rican Statehood" is celebrating the bill's survival through committee.