Internal Bickering on Capitol Hill

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House Speaker Alexander J. Tyler has snubbed the rejection of the US$73 million Electoral District Development Bill by the Liberian Senate. The Speaker said no amount of public maneuverings and invincible hands can stop the money from being included in the national budget.

The Speaker stated that the House is determined and stands by its decision to ensure that development goes backs to the districts, which they represent in the National Legislature.

Speaker Tyler made the assertions Tuesday, May 20, when members of the National Governors Council of Liberia honored him for his “tremendous performance” at the national and international levels in the interest of the government and people of Liberia.

“As we toured the country, we realized that there is the need to include the US$1m for the development of our communities. We are committed as Representatives of the people to ensure that development goes to the communities and we are also determined that from Gbarpolu to Maryland, every town will be developed,” Speaker Tyler told them.

The Speaker also frown on the Liberian Senate for taking the rejection of the bill into the press instead of engaging the House of Representatives in order to find a ‘common ground.”

“Internal issues must be handled inside before taken outside because it is not a good thing to run things in the press,” Speaker Tyler said. “As responsible and intelligent as everyone of us are, if we have an issue it would be appropriate to stop playing politics but rather sit on the round-table to sort things out than to take it to the media.

“But we want to assure our people of development because when we end our tenure there should be something to boast of. Politics is politics, development is development; and the two can’t work together,” the Speaker asserted.

He further said. “Let it be cleared that the US$73 million would not be implemented by the Legislature, we will only put it there.”

Speaker Tyler’s statement stemmed from the unanimous rejection of the US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF) in the national fiscal budget following an hour of heated debate by senators during their 30th day sitting on Thursday, May 15.

After its rejection, Senator Isaac Nyenabo is on record of being on a radio station and boasting of beginning the motion that rejected the bill.

The Senate’s rejection of the Bill on Thursday followed a suggestion to plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the Committee was suggesting an increment in the current County Development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each for the 15 counties.

Meanwhile, after the certification of Speaker Tyler, the National Governors Council requested that “all internal issues, which affect the Legislature or the nation be settled internally without going to the media; the renovation of Chief Compound on Camp Johnson Road be made a priority; that the Governors Council represents all the 16 tribes and there be a budgetary allocation for the Council.

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