Solon sees a national budget law before Congress adjourns on Dec. 19

Solon sees a national budget law before Congress adjourns on Dec. 19

11/29/2020 10:45:00 PM

Solon sees a national budget law before Congress adjourns on Dec. 19

The House of Representatives is committed to ensure that the proposed P4.5-trillion 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) is signed into law by President Duterte before Congress adjourns on Dec. 19 for a month-long break.

This was assured by House Deputy Majority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera, who is one of 21 House members tasked to be part of the Lower Chamber’s contingent  to the bicameral conference on the 2021 spending bill. “We are hopeful the 2021 GAB will breeze through the bicam without a hitch so we can come up a common version at the soonest possible time,” Herrera said in a statement.

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“Our ultimate goal is to send the enrolled version of the budget bill to Malacañang for President Duterte’s signature before we adjourn on Dec. 19.”The House leader noted that this week, the House contingent will be meeting with their Senate counterparts to reconcile the disagreeing provisions of the proposed 2021 GAA. 

Herrera said as directed by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, the House contingent, led by Appropriations panel Chair ACT-CIS partylist Rep. Eric Yap will make sure that government’s COVID-19 response, particularly the procurement of vaccines, will be fully funded.

“Speaker Velasco also wants the House contingent to push for an additional budget for the calamity fund for the rehabilitation and recovery of areas devastated by recent typhoons,” she said. Read more: Manila Bulletin News »

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