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AS a bicameral conference committee burned the midnight oil Tuesday to draft a version of the fiscal year 2021 budget acceptable to the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Torres-Palacios administration sent words of encouragement to the lawmakers.

In separate letters to Senate President Victor Hocog and House Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios asked lawmakers to avert a partial government shutdown, which will be triggered by the failure to enact a new and balanced budget before Oct. 1, 2020.

The administration at the same time thanked both houses for their due diligence in working on the FY 2021 budget bill.

Gov. Torres said he and the lt. governor would be available all day should the conference committee need their assistance regarding any questions about the budget.

“As the deadline for the passage of the budget nears, I am hopeful that we can all work together to avert a shutdown of the government,” the governor said.

“I am positive that none of us want to see this happen, and I will offer whatever assistance is necessary to assist the Senate and the House conference committee with their work.”

 

The House-Senate conference committee discusses the fiscal year 2021 budget late Tuesday evening in the Senate chamber. Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

The conference committee is composed of three members and an alternate member from each of the two houses.

Senate President Hocog has appointed Senate Vice President Jude Hofschneider of Tinian, Sen. Vinnie Sablan of Saipan and Sen. Teresita Santos of Rota as the Senate conferees with Sen. Francisco Cruz of Tinian as alternate member.

For his part, Speaker Attao appointed Rep. Ivan Blanco, House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan, and Rep. Joseph Leepan Guerrero as House conferees with Rep. Joel Camacho as  alternate member.

Without a new and balanced budget on Oct. 1, only the “essential” government offices can remain open.

In October 2010, because of a deadlock in the budget talks,  the CNMI government had to partially shut down for eight days, affecting about 1,400 government employees.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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