The NEWS (Monrovia)

27 May 2014

Liberia: Don't Pass Budget Without U.S.$73 Million

Former Grand Kru County Senator Blamo Nelson has called on the House of Representatives not to pass the 2014/15 budget without the allotment of the US$73 million for direct district development.

He said the US$73 million proposed by House Speaker Alex Tyler is in the best interest of the people of Liberia; as such, it must be included in the budget.

Nelson said every part of Liberia is desperately in need of development.

The former Grand Kru County Senator said the County Development Fund has not impacted the lives of the people.

He claimed that the US$1 million for each electoral district will benefit the people especially those in rural areas.

The former Senator said Article 34 of the Constitution of Liberia gives the House of Representatives the right to make appropriations.

He claimed that the House does not need the backing of the Senate to allocate the US$73 million in the budget.

However, he said in the spirit of coordination, the House can inform the Senate about its decision.

The proposed US$73 million is causing serious confusion between the House and the Senate.

Recently, the Senate rejected the proposed US$73 million. In reaction, the House said it does not need the concurrence of the Senate to place the amount in the budget; as such, it will ensure that the US$73 million is budgeted.

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