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Senate meets on Budget amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 10:12 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: After a largely rancor-free and truncated debate in the House last week, the Senate takes its turn with the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill, 2020.

The annual Budget, as it is also referred to, this year contains a $25 million supplementary allocation to deal with response and funding for the COVID-19 effort.

While a vote against in the Senate could delay the bill for up to three months under the Constitution, the Opposition Senators may take their cue from House Opposition Leader John Briceño and state their general objections before supporting the bill.

A wildcard is the cross-bench Senators from the social partners, representing business, churches, NGO’s and trade unions/civil society, which have regularly presented significant objection to aspects of the bill.

Other bills brought from the House and attendant motions will also be considered.

The National Assembly is observing protocol with regard to social distancing and hygiene amid the COVID-19 crisis.

We will have reports of the day’s events as they happen.

 

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