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Congress Passes Bill to Allow Puerto Ricans Political Self-Determination

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In a passionate and sometimes bitter debate, the House of Representatives last night voted by the narrowest of margins — 209 to 208 — to allow Puerto Rico to vote on the future status of the Caribbean island. The bill, sponsored by Alaska Republican Representative Don Young, calls for a vote later this year in which Puerto Ricans would choose between statehood, independence or continued commonwealth status.

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  • Congressional representatives debate the Young Bill.

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