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If Congress does its job in this regard, the residents of Puerto Rico will be empowered to act in their own self-interest and express their future political status aspirations accordingly. Dick Thornburgh#Accordingly 65
Dick Thornburgh#Accordingly 65
Internal self-government under a local constitution was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952, but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents do not have voting representation in the Congress. Dick Thornburgh#Approved 63
Dick Thornburgh#Approved 63
The need for a permanent status resolution approved by Congress is made even more clear to me because of my experience as a former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Dick Thornburgh#Approved 61
Dick Thornburgh#Approved 61
After one hundred years of federal rule, the United States House of Representatives has moved to provide for the first meaningful route to self-determination for the Puerto Rican people under our federal system. Dick Thornburgh#Federal 61
Dick Thornburgh#Federal 61
The powers of government exercised locally derive from a federal law authorizing government by consent in local affairs only, unless those affairs are otherwise governed by federal law. Dick Thornburgh#Affairs 55
Dick Thornburgh#Affairs 55
The capacity of the commonwealth government created under the local constitution to exercise governmental powers in local affairs is like that of local government in the states of the union in regard to non-federal affairs at the local level. Dick Thornburgh#Affairs 52
Dick Thornburgh#Affairs 52
Apparently tired of waiting for clear direction from Congress, the people of Puerto Rico have used the tools provided by their own local constitution to schedule a vote for Dec. 13 on the status of the island. Dick Thornburgh#Apparently 51
Dick Thornburgh#Apparently 51
The political status legislation which emerged in Congress in 1990 and 1991 did not receive the support needed for enactment into law during my tenure as Attorney General. Dick Thornburgh#Attorney 40
Dick Thornburgh#Attorney 40
Instead of generating either unnecessary alarm or a false sense of security regarding these fundamental issues, the best course is to empower people with the truth. Dick Thornburgh#Alarm 40
Dick Thornburgh#Alarm 40
However, the sovereignty of the states is constitutionally defined and recognized, while the powers of the local government in Puerto Rico are defined by, and subject to alteration under, federal statutory law. Dick Thornburgh#Alteration 32
Dick Thornburgh#Alteration 32
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