Committee on Resources
Chronology for Implementing the United States-Puerto Rico Political Status Act

Action by Congress, the President, or the
people of Puerto Rico
Projected Date
Congressional enactment of the United States-Puerto Rico Political Status Act before the end of 1997
Initial Decision Referendum by the people of Puerto Rico on the choice between Commonwealth, separate sovereignty, or statehood, to be held no later than 12/31/98
President submits Transition Plan legislation for full self- government to Congress within 180 days of referendum 6/30/99
Congressional enactment of Transition Act to full self-government within 180 days of receipt of President's proposal 12/31/99
Transition Act Referendum by the people of Puerto Rico on approval of Transition Act within 180 days of referendum 6/30/00
Presidential proclamation begins the Transition toward full self-government July, 2000
President submits Implementation legislation to Congress 2 years prior to end of Transition period July, 2008
Congressional enactment of Implementation Act for full self-government for Puerto Rico within 180 days of receipt of President's proposal 6/30/09
Implementation Act Referendum by the people of Puerto Rico on approval of Implementation Act within 180 days of enactment 12/31/09
Presidential proclamation implementing full self-government for Puerto Rico July, 2010

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