The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources last week held a full committee hearing on the issue of Puerto Rico’s political status.

Gov. Luis Fortuño, a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, and legislative leaders including Popular Democratic Party president and House Minority Leader Hector Ferrer, testified before the panel in regard to HR 2499. The PDP seeks to keep the island as a commonwealth but would like to strengthen its autonomy.

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