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Housetohold marathon
hearingson 2020 budget
BY GIEE JALEA
"This will give the Senate ample simultaneous with the plenary de-
time to scrutinize the budget ap- bates on other pending bills and
& d"y after receivirg the proposed
P4.1-trillion national budget
proved by the House. Hopefully, resolution$ " Romualdez orplained.

g${Rfrom the Executive


we can have a bicameral confer- Under Section Tl ofthe House
ence early Decembel, then approve Rules, congressmen are deemed
branch, ti'r"- the 2020 national budget before present in a House session if they
makers from the House of Representa- the year ends," he said. are attending committee meetings

liveq spent the public holiday tb prepare


Romualdez added that lawmak- authorized bythe House Corhmit-
ers ageed to a "tall order" to niove
for budget deliberations in titte with afrcrnobn*sessions from 3 p.m.
tee on Rules.
Section 35 of the House Rules,
q"rl goal to ensure the timely passage to 5 p.m. everyday to make room
fora maximum of fourcommittee
on the other hand, provides, "Only

of the budget measure. hearings scheduled by the House


the committee on rules and suctr
committees to which it has ganted
Speaker Alan Peter Cayeta- asCongrcswill workworh worlC,, Committee on Appropriations permission may meet while the
no led the maiority caucus on he said in En$ish and Filipino. for budget deliberations that will House is in plenary session, has
wednesday to tackle the 2020 MajorityGaderMartinRomual. start as early as 9 a.m., as earlier adjourned or is in recess."
budget, as well as the remaining dez said ih. lor., House
would announced by Cayetano. The 2020 budget is 12 percent
priority bills of congress. hold "marathon sessions,, in both Aside from scheduled hearings higher than this yea/s P3. 7-trillion
In his Facebook Live video, the plenary and the committee on Thursdays and Fridays, session appropriations.
cayetano announced that the levels to ensure the 2020 budget dayswill also be ortended beyond The govemment, however, had
Legislative-Executive Develop- will be passed before theyear.nir.
the Monday to Wednesday sched- to operate on a reenaaed 2019
ment Advisory council (Ledac) "The House members
are in ule starting Septemb er 12. budget until April after both
and senate leaders would discuss full agreement that we
all have to The committee hearings mayalso chambers of Congress rallied for
other measures on the Duterte ad-work day and night, from Monday continue at 5 p.m. even after plenary separate versions of realignments
ministration'slegislativewishlist. to Friday, to rn"uk sure that we proceedings have offi cially started. that went on for months.
wewanttomakesurethatpeople approve th e 2020General Appro- "This means that the appropria- Cayetano noted that the "pork
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be pnxidud joUr, jobg jobdun-priations Aa by October this yeaa,, tions committee may hold budget barrel" would be a "thing of the
derthe Buil4 Build Build [prognm] iomualdez added.
hearings at the committee level past" in the 18th Congress.
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