Statehood Definition included in H.R. 856
United States-Puerto Rico Political Status Act

"Puerto Rico should become fully self-governing through United States sovereignty leading to statehood, in which-

  1. The people of Puerto Rico are full self-governing with their rights secured under the United States Constitution, which is the supreme law and has the same force and effects as in the other States of the Union;

  2. The sovereign State of Puerto Rico is in permanent union with the United States, and powers not delegated to the Federal Government or prohibited to the states by the United States Constitution are reserved to the people of Puerto Rico or the State Government ;

  3. United States citizenship of those born in Puerto Rico is guaranteed, protected and secured in the same way it is for all the United states citizens born in the other States;

  4. Residents of Puerto Rico have equal rights and benefits as well as equal duties and responsibilities of citizenship, including payment of Federal taxes, as those in the several States;

  5. Puerto Rico is represented by two members in the United States Senate and is represented in the House of representatives proportionate to the population;

  6. United States citizens in Puerto Rico are enfranchised to vote in elections for the Presidents and Vice President of the United States; and

  7. English is the official language of business and communication in Federal courts and Federal agencies as made applicable by Federal law to every other State, and Puerto Rico enabled to expand and build upon existing law establishing English as an official language of the State government, courts and agencies.
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