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Bitter debate ensues as House approves bill that could move Puerto Rico to statehood

This article states that PR has 4 mil people. If they join the union, they will have reps in the HOR. For comparison, Kentucky has 4.3 mil people and 6 HOR reps. If PR decides for statehood, where will the HOR seats come from... we are mandated to remain at 435, so someone will lose seat(s).

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Comment by Nick Barnett
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"In 1911, Congress passed Public Law 62-5, which limited the size of the House of Representatives to 435 members. The law took effect in 1913. If it wants to, Congress could change the number of members in the House, provided that the new number is within the minimum and maximum established by the Constitution."

Is that incorrect? Maybe I shouldn't have used the word "mandated", but I think it still fits. It definitely isn't constitutionally mandated, but isn't a law a mandate of some form?

Comment by Anonymous
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"Mandated to 435"?!?!?  Who told you that, Nick?  Maybe you should ask the which State(s) "in this Union" will lose Senators... 

Comment by Found Zero
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On it's face they aren't bad choices for the Puerto Rican people. I'd like to see them and Hawaii reassert national sovereignty. But they have about all the choices (as written here) they could have.

I'm not sure where the American people get a choice here unless through "the voice of our elected representatives". Ha ha.

The socio-political implications I see like this: Puerto Ricans on the Island have different interests than those here on the mainland. This becomes more apparent with every successive generation here on the Mainland. The island by inclination and economic interests wants to stay apart, yet protected. The status quo serves because it's always left options open for the future.

However, economic pressures will continue to drive Puerto Ricans here. New and recent arrivals tend to be politicized. I really have no idea if there are more Puerto Rican voters here or in Puerto Rico.

Some suggest this is Obama "stacking the deck". Politically it's a very opportune moment for Obama regarding the "latino vote". Obama's gamble would be to bring them into statehood and somehow bamboozle his centrists into not jumping ship entirely. If that happens then his big coalition is shattered and all he has is peripheral elements to try to tie together. Maybe he might figure he can risk it because there's still time to smooth things over. And he can count on something like McCain or Palin to drive his centrists screaming back into his arms.

His long and skinny arms.

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