From my time in the Texas State House, to my time serving in this Congress, I have always advocated that the future of our Republic should be determined through the rule of the majority with respect for the minority. My hero, Thomas Jefferson, called this a “sacred principle.” Unfortunately it has come to my attention that the bill before us today undermines the principle of majority rule by allowing a plurality vote to determine the outcome.
It has also come to my attention that Puerto Rico already has the authority under current law to conduct a plebiscite.
For these reasons I voted against H.R. 2499.