Speech of the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Jenniffer González-Colón on the Commemoration of the 100 Anniversary of the Jones Act of 1917

March 2, 2017

Thank you Mr. Speaker, I was elected to seek equality for the 3.4 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico. I am the sole elected representative for the island and I represent more constituents in my sole district than anyone in this House.

I rise today to honor the one hundred anniversary of the enactment of the Jones Act which conferred American citizenship on Puerto Ricans, on this day in 1917.

Since then more than a 211,000 veterans have served proudly in the U.S. military where they are equal in war but not in peace.

That’s why I stand with the will, of the People of Puerto Rico, to be incorporated to the United States, as the 51st State of the Union, as requested in the 2012 local Plebiscite by 61% of voters

Lets this HOUSE fulfill the promise that the United States of America is a nation of “liberty and justice”, FOR ALL OF US