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MAJORITY CAUCUS ..

House Majority Leader


and Leyte Rep. Mar-
tin Romualdez (center)
discusses with Deputy
Volume XXXIX,:,No. 269 l Thursdayi August22,201g I PlQ.ff) ; Speaker Rep. Loren
Legarda (right) and Que-
zon Rep. David Suarez
'- (left) the submitted P4.3
trillion national budget
lor 2O20 during a major-
ity caucus at SM Aura
Bonifacio Global City on Taguig. Photo by VER NOVErtO

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MEMBERS of the House of Representatives have agreed to hold


marathon sessions on birdget deliberations so that theF;OZ0 proposed
national budget will not be reenacted. /pagell

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uled by the House com- ginning September L2. will push through even
mittee on appropriations We will hold plenary ses- as we are working round
for budget deliberations. sions even on Thursdays the clock on the budget
"We will hold four and Fridays to makc sure bill," Romualdez ex-
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budget hearings daily at that the natiorral budget plained.
the committee level al- will get the House mem- Under Section 7L of
"The House members most simultaneously. The bers' nod on time," the the House Rules, con-
are in full agreement hearings are scheduled at House leader said. gressmen are deemed
that we all have to work 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., Romualdez said he piesent in a House ses-
day and night, frorn and 1:30 p.m. House . had also approved the sion if they are attend-
Monday to Friday, to members may have to request of House com- ing committee meetings
make sure that we ap- shuttle between hearings mittee on appropriations authorized by the House
prove t}rre ZMO Generil in order to maximize chairman and Davao City committee on rules,
Appropriations Act by their participation in the Rep. Isidro Ungab to al- which is currently
October this year. This budget deliberations. I low the holding of com- chaired by Romualdez as
will give the Senate am- am thankful that all the mittee hearings on the Majority Leader.
ple time to scrutinize the House members agreed budget even after the Section 35 of the
budget approved by the to this schedule, which is plenary proceedings have House Rules, on the oth-
House. Hopefully, we c€rn really a tall order," Ro- started at 5 p.m. er |and, provides that:
have a bicameral confer- mualdez added. "This means that the "Only the committee on
ence early December, Romualdez noted that appropriations committee ruleg and such commit-
then approve the 2020 House leaders also decid- may hold budget hear- tees' to which it has
national budget before ed to extend the session ings at the committee grartted permission, frdy
the year ends," said Ro- days in'the House past .level simultaneous with meet while the House is
mualdez. the regular Monday to the plenary debates on in plenary session, has
Romualdez bared the Wednesday schedule to other pending bills and adjourned, or is in re-
House will move its ple- allow exhaustive deliber- resolirtions.This will en- cess.' "IJnder these rules,
nary session from 3 p.m. ation ofthe budget at the 'sure that plenary delib- the committee on appro-
to 5 p.m. every day to plenary level. erations on other pend- priations may continue in plenary session. We as rules chairman- to en- measures in the Presi-
make room for four com- "We are also extend- ing issues, such as the with their budget hear- are invoking the powers able the House td tackle dent's . legislative
mittee hearings sched- ing our session days be- vital revenue measures, ings while the House is of the Majority Leader, simultaneously all vital agenda,"said Romualdez.