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Why Puerto Rico Statehood Is In The U.S. National Interest March 4, 2015
Pedro Pierluisi, D-PR
"Mr. Speaker, this is the fifth time this year that I have addressed this Chamber about Puerto Rico‘s political destiny. I recently introduced a bill that would provide for Puerto Rico‘s admission as a State once a majority of Puerto Rico‘s electorate affirms their desire for statehood in a federally sponsored vote. The bill already has 70 cosponsors—56 Democrats and 14 Republicans."
Honoring The Hon. Paul Volcy March 3, 2015
Brian Higgins, D-NY
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the late Paul Volcy, a former Buffalo City Court Judge and decorated Vietnam veteran. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Volcy sought out adventure and faced the challenges soon wrought by life’s thrills with an enterprising spirit and “can-do” attitude. Mr. Volcy was born and raised in the South Bronx, before moving back to his mother’s homeland of Puerto Rico. After completing a semester at the University of Puerto Rico, Mr. Volcy soon realized his current pursuits were boring and unfulfilling. This realization led him to join the U.S. Army in 1966. He began his tour in Vietnam as a first lieutenant, but was soon promoted to captain. His bilingual ability and training in the Vietnamese language helped him function as a troubleshooter for his colonel in Saigon, and when supplies diminished, he had a unique ability to fill up shortages. At the end of his tour, which also included field duty, he was awarded a Bronze Star. After his military discharge, Mr. Volcy completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Puerto Rico and then returned to the United States to earn his law degree from the University at Buffalo. Post-graduation, he briefly worked in private practice before recognizing his call to public service. Mr. Volcy became an attorney in the office of Buffalo’s corporation counsel, working there for five years on civil rights cases, and then an additional two years in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. In 2001, then-Mayor Anthony Masiello appointed Mr. Volcy as a City Court judge. After completing his term, Mr. Volcy returned to the Attorney General’s Office in Buffalo, where he spent 10 years in the Court of Claims, specializing in defending against medical malpractice and in personal injury cases. He retired as an Assistant Attorney General in 2011. Complementing his passion for service was his knack for organizing and community activism. Mr. Volcy was a leader in the Buffalo Hispanic community and helped to found the Western New York Hispanic and Friend’s Civic Association, an organization committed to social justice and empowerment of Buffalo’s growing Hispanic community. Mr. Volcy was admired for his dedication to and tireless efforts toward empowering the Hispanic community. He enjoyed a wonderful life with his wife Susan and his daughter Suzanne. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to celebrate the life of Mr. Paul Volcy. I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Mr. Volcy and his contributions to the Buffalo community."
Bridging The Divide: Observations On Race And Justice In America March 2, 2015
Stacey Plaskett, D-VI
"As we commend the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma this week, and the subsequent passage of the Voting Rights Act, I want to once again call to the attention of my colleagues here in Congress that there are still American citizens today who do not have equal voting rights. While we may discuss the irrational and truly illogical mechanism which has excluded those who have been convicted of felonies from society for voting, I want to discuss another group which has been disenfranchised, that is some 4 million people to be exact. These are citizens of America’s island territories—the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Marianas—American citizens who willingly risk life and limb in defense of a great nation for which they do not have a vote. American citizens who, in their great patriotism, have paid the ultimate sacrifice, the sacrifice of their lives, and in this last conflict in Iraq and Iran, have died at a rate of seven times the national average."
Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Process Act February 4, 2015
Pedro Pierluisi, D-PR
"Mr. Speaker, today, I am introducing the most forceful and ambitious statehood admission bill for Puerto Rico in U.S. history. The bill, fittingly, has 51 original cosponsors from both parties."
A Call To Action—Border Security February 4, 2015
John Katko, R-NY
"After a few years there and getting great experience and great perspective, I was sent to Puerto Rico to do similar drug trafficking prosecutions and organized crime cases, and I saw a different perspective, that of being 500 nautical miles from Colombia."

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