Congress begins discussions on upcoming national budget

PALIKIR, POHNPEI. May 21, 2018 – The Fourth Regular Session of the Twentieth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia is underway in Palikir to begin the review process for the National Government budget for fiscal year 2019.

Convened on May 11th, the session would primarily focus on the national budget especially the Health and Education portion, but will also address issues flagged by the other two branches and matters pending before the Body.

The Committees on Health and Social Affairs along with the Committee on Education have been holding public hearings with their departments and agencies to finalize their figures before the May 20th deadline for funding associated with the Amended Compact. 

As of May 21, 2018, the following adopted and passed measures reflect the ongoing efforts of the Body:

Congressional Resolution (CR) 20-89, conveyed condolences and sadness to the family of the late Helbert Dereas, a long time member of the Chuuk State Legislature who passed away last month in service to his people.

CR 20-81, approved a grant of $145,193 from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to fund and support the Global Fund Project for TB/HIV in the FSM.

CR 20-88, approved a grant of $386,105 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Center for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS-CDC) to provide funding for the FSM program entitled:  “ Improving Health of the People of the FSM through Program Leadership and Management, Surveillance and Epidemiology, Health System.”

CR 20-92, set the ceiling of total funds estimated available from the General Fund of the FSM at $100,843,979 of which $93, 979,109 is from domestic revenues with $5,252,250 from the Amended Compact Sector for COM-FSM and $1,612,620 from the Supplemental Education Grant.

Rounding out the resolutions to date is CR 20-93, which approved a grant of $106,291 from the U.S. DHHS – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS-SAMHS) to fund and support the Community Mental Health Services Project in the FSM for fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

Along with the resolutions are the following measures: Congressional Act (CA) 20-83, appropriated a supplemental of $800,000 to fund infrastructure projects along with public projects and social programs in the State of Kosrae; and

CA 20-85, appropriated a supplemental budget of $1,445,693 from the General Fund to address various financial needs and obligations of the National Government for the fiscal year ending 2018.

The remaining Acts were for amendments to previous laws to either change the use of funds previously appropriated for Public Projects and Social Programs in the states and/or change the allottee of said funds.

CA 20 – 84, changed the use and allottees of certain funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in states of Chuuk and Pohnpei;

CA 20-86, changed the use and allottees of certain funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the states of Chuuk and Kosrae;

CA 20-87, amended an old law to change the use, allottees and lapse dates of certain funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in Pohnpei State; and

CA 20-88, changed the use of funds previously appropriated for public projects and social programs in the states of Chuuk and Kosrae.

The Acts have been transmitted to the President to be signed into law.

Following the passage of the listed measures, on Monday - May 21, Congress went into recess until Thursday – May 24, to allow the committees to continue their hearings with the national departments and agencies.

The Fourth Regular Session of the 20th Congress is 20-days session scheduled to adjourn on May 30th unless extended or shortened through resolution.  As usual, the sessions of Congress convene at 10 a.m. in the Congress Chamber in Palikir and are always open to the interested public.  Through live-stream, the sessions of Congress can be viewed through the Congress website at: www.cfsm.fm

 

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