Budget And Election Issues Dominate Last Regular Session Of The 14th FSM Congress

February 20, 2007

Palikir, POHNPEI - Significant among the adopted financial measures is Public Law 14-99, which appropriated funds for the National Government operations for the second half Fiscal Year 2007. Under PL. 14-99, an appropriation of $34,294,616 is to fund the operations of the three Branches of the National Government, its agencies, various programs, grants, subsidies and contributions and to establish a capital and human resources development budget for Fiscal Year 2007.

In accordance with PL. 14-99, the funding is apportioned as follows:

The remaining 12,084,167 is allotted towards the Special Programs, Grants, Subsidies and Contributions and Capital and Human Resources Development Budget.

Another new measure is Public Law 14-100, which appropriated a funding of $105,000 for purposes of financing $45,000 for the President's visit to the outer islands of Chuuk and Pohnpei, $40,000 for assistance to the National Elections Office for Administration of 2007 National Elections in Chuuk along with security for the Special Polling places and finally $20,000 towards the President's representation fund.

Public Laws 14-101 and 14-102 are amendments to certain funds appropriated in previous laws for various public projects in the States.

Nine new Congressional Resolutions were also adopted during the Sixth Regular Session, and they are: