Senate Concurs With House on US$622M Budget


The Senate in a four-hour Executive session yesterday concurred with the House of Representatives to pass the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget at US$622 million, but Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper described the passage as “bogus 5G.”
The passage of the National Budget was the only item on the Senate agenda at its 52nd day sitting, and a motion proffered by Grand Kru Senator, Peter Coleman, moved that the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget be given two hours break to discuss the budget as submitted by the House of Representatives to the Senate for concurrence.
The Edward B. Dagoseh-chaired Committee was expected to present a report to the plenary concerning its work as member of the joint committee with the House that debated the budget for over one month.
But following the elapse of the two hours, the entire membership of the Senate went into executive session, while the public and journalists anxiously awaited order from that body to be allowed back into the Chamber for the debate on the budget.
That body, however, emerged from their Chamber and hurried off to their offices, but an enraged and furious looking Senator Oscar Cooper, who voted against the concurrence, did not mince his words when he described the budget passage as a “bogus 5G.”
He later in a chat with the press added five more to reach mean it was “10G,” passage of the budget.
Senator Cooper argued that his colleagues’ “hurried concurrence” of the budget denied him the right to debate that financial document, which he said has many questions unanswered.
The chairman of the Ways, Means, Finance and Budget Committee, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Edward Dagoseh, however, differed with his Unity Party partisan, saying all Senators were presented with periodic reports from the joint committee during its work.
With reference to civil servants, Senator Dagoseh said it was the responsibility of the Executive branch of government, based on its capacity raise the necessary funding to include the civil servants.
The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, was not immediately available to speak to the press, but his press attaché promised that the Gbarpolu County lawmaker will do so next week relative to the passage of the budget.


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