Budget impasse unresolved after Senate, House panel meeting

Budget impasse unresolved after Senate, House panel meeting

On Monday, the six-man panel representative of the Senate and the House of Legislatures were unsuccessful to resolve the deadlock on the proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget after conference for more than three hours.

Representatives cited their optimism to be able to find resolution their issues with the Budget bill soon.

“As long as we are talking, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We are still talking,” stated Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman after the closed-door meeting.

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. cited in a detached interview they had already addressed “contentious points.”

“There is no longer a contentious point. We had a very lively conversation, we were able to explain both our sides in a very conducive manner for understanding. I hope by tomorrow we can come to our agreement,” he said.Andaya, however, admitted that they evaded the “lump sum” issue during their discussions.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who previously suspect House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of operating the bicam-ratified 2019 budget, stated the panel was making progress.

Lacson sent thru a text message, “Some progress. We’re still working on it. Will meet again tomorrow. Hopefully, we can follow through and finalize tomorrow.”

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