SAN JUAN – The president of the House of Representatives, Carlos ‘Johnny’ Méndez Núñez, began on Monday, the campaign to promote the ‘Yes’ in the statehood consultation ‘yes or no’ on November 3 with the presentation of a video, circulating on all social networks.
“You will have only one question before you: do you want the security and progress that only statehood guarantees? The answer is simple: Yes. Statehood is our right. As American citizens we are entitled to full equality, the guarantee that we will never lose our citizenship. That in times of crisis, such as the current pandemic, the federal government help us. Likewise, in the event of a natural disaster, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, that security guarantees us help that no other nation in the world can provide, ”said the legislative leader in the video.
In the video, which lasts a little over two minutes, the Speaker of the House notes that “statehood guarantees that we will receive at least an additional $ 10 billion in federal funds each year, with large increases in education, health, nutritional assistance, housing and infrastructure, among others. No other alternative guarantees that ”.
In addition, Méndez Núñez said that with statehood “you will have the ability that you can buy your own home, that you have an excellent health service and that your children have the best education. It is having in Puerto Rico that we love a better quality of life, the opportunity for all of a well-paid job, with salaries higher than the current average, a dramatic increase in federal funds, an economic boost never before seen in our history ”.
He mentioned that, according to reports from the General Accounting Office (GAO), under statehood Puerto Rico would experience a 36 percent increase in economic activity in the first 5 years.
The also vice president of the New Progressive Party (PNP) emphasized that only under statehood “many (will have) the opportunity for their loved ones to return to the land where they were born.”
According to available data, over the past 25 years over a million Puerto Ricans have moved to the states seeking a better quality of life.
“Say yes to your family, say yes to your community, say yes to Puerto Rico; we don’t deserve them. On November 3, yes to statehood ”.