2019/2020 Fiscal Budget To Face Serious setback, As Aggrieved Members Vow Not To Act Until Demands Are Met
A document in the possession of The Monrovia Times shows that some aggrieved members representing the Independent Legislative Caucus of Liberia are setting precondition for the passage of the 2019/2020 national budget.
According to the document, lawmakers are questioning the House leadership on the whereabouts of two thousand United States dollars intended for scholarships and thirty-one thousand (31, 000) United States dollars for Legislative Support Projects.
The lawmakers are demanding that money approved in the budget for Daily Service Allowance be disbursed to them as well.
It can be recalled that President George Weah last April wrote the Legislature, seeking an extension in the submission of the 2019/2020 national budget.
At the moment, the draft budget is yet to be submitted by the Executive branch of government but some of the lawmakers speaking to The Monrovia Times on condition of anonymity said the draft budget following its submission to the Legislature will not be acted upon once their demands are not meet.
The chairman of the House’s committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning, Montserrado County Lawmaker Thomas Fallah declined to comment on the matter. The House leadership has also declined to comment when asked by The Monrovia Times.