Special Session slims national budget
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): July 27, 2001 - The First Special Session of the Twelfth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia adjourned its seven-day meeting on July 16, 2001.
The Special Session mainly addressed the budget for the national government, of which the proposed 40,945,190 for operational cost for fiscal year 2002 was slimmed to 37,547,590.
The Executive Branch's request of 14,677,719 was trimmed by 647,494, Congress's operational cost was reduced to 3,098,700, and the Judicial Branch original request was decreased to 974,150. The proposed FY 2002 Budget is under Congressional Act No. 12-24 awaiting Presidents approval.
Other bills that were passed during the session include:
The Special Session also adopted two resolutions, which are:
With a few modifications, Congress also finalized the composition of its Standing Committee as follows:
Ways and Means - Chairman, Senator Manny Mori and Vice Chairman, Senator Henry C. Asugar;
Judiciary and Governmental Operations - Chairman, Senator Dohsis Halbert and Vice Chairman, Senator Jacob Nena;
Resource and Development - Chairman, Senator Peter M. Christian and Vice Chairman, Senator Jacob Nena;
Health, Education and Social Affairs - Chairman, Senator John R. Petewon and Vice Chairman, Senator Resio S. Moses;
External Affairs - Chairman, Senator Isaac V. Figir and Vice Chairman, Senator Simeon R. Innocenti;
Transportation and Communication - Chairman, Senator Roosevelt D. Kansou and Vice Chairman,Senator Henry C. Asugar.
Congress leadership remains the same with Senator Jack Fritz serving his Eighth consecutive term as Speaker, Senator Claude H. Phillip his Fourth consecutive term as Vice Speaker and this makes the Sixth consecutive term for Floor Leader Senator Joseph J. Urusemal.
Congress's next scheduled meeting is for the Regular Session in October.
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