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Maintain US sovereignty from UN

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Maintain US sovereignty from UN"?

A: Strongly support.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Jul 1, 2014

Statehood for Puerto Rico, with full Congressional voting

I have been a long-time advocate for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state because it would be good for the people of Puerto Rico and good for America. As a US territory, the island lacks voting representation in Congress and its economy is underserved by private investment because of the ambiguity that comes with territorial status. The "triple exemption" loophole in the IRS code for Puerto Rico municipal bonds has also contributed to a debt crisis there that threatens public services if it is not addressed. President Obama's task force on Puerto Rico drew the right conclusions:
  1. Puerto Rico's status and its economy are linked
  2. The status question must be resolved soon in order to for Puerto Rico's economy to improve.
Along those lines, I support current legislation in Congress that makes Puerto Rico a state if its residents approve this in a binding election.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, Bell2014.com, "Issues" , May 2, 2014

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