Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia

Day 2: Congress overrides veto of CIA and allowance for former Presidents

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Congress): September 13, 2008 - On Day two of its Fifth Regular Session, the 15th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia overrode President Emanuel 'Manny' Mori's veto of Congressional Acts (C.A.) 15-50 and 15-51.

Congress unanimously overrode President Mori's veto of C.A. 15-51, a measure which had among other items, proposed supplemental funding for 1) 10,000 towards the construction of a Nahs at the official residence; 2) 25,000 towards the FSM Red Cross; and 3) a subsidy of 166,537 towards the operations of Caroline Island Air.

During today's discussions of the veto, several members were concerned by the apparent lack of explanation for the veto of the three line items, especially of the Caroline Island Air. The President's line-item veto had in June resulted in the abrupt shut-down of services by the Caroline Island Air (CIA) to the outer islands of the State of Pohnpei.

While members acknowledged the need to restructure the administrative set-up of the CIA Corporation, the need for restructuring however - according to the members, should never be at the expense of services needed by the outer islands of the nation.

Members unanimously overrode the veto of C.A. 15-51.

Another unanimous override is C.A. 15-50, a bill to establish a Trust Fund for and an allowance for former Presidents of the FSM. The President's veto message noted several factors for the veto among which included: a lack of sustainable funding for the Trust Fund, unstable economic forecast and the exclusion of other high ranking officials of the nation from the program.

According to members, the measure was envisioned to establish a Trust Fund to provide for allowance for former Presidents only. It was to be a small token to honor and show national appreciation for former Head of State for services rendered.

Members unanimously overrode the veto of C.A. 15-50.

In addition to the congressional measures, Committee to Wait on the President briefed the members on President Mori's priority items for the Fifth Regular Session, and they are:

  1. The Fiscal Year 2009 Budget;

  2. The visit by Former Prime Minister Mori;

  3. Office of SBOC;

  4. Constitutional Amendments;

  5. Nominations;

  6. Pending legislations;

  7. Treaty accessions;

  8. Response to letter from the United States Congress; and

  9. The Leadership Meeting.

After the briefing by the Special Committee and following various announcements, Congress went into recess. The national legislative body will reconvene on Monday morning September 15, 2008.

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