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Andaya open to holding special session to break budget impasse

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House Appropriations Committee chair and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. is open to the proposal of the Senate President Vicente Sotto III for a special session of Congress to finally beak the longstanding budget impasse between the Senate and the House of Representatives

In a statement, Andaya said that he “welcomes any effort to break the budget impasse.”

“Our lines remain open for a dialogue with the Senate. Set the date and place, we will be there,” said Andaya.

But Andaya stressed that the position of the entire Lower House remains the same and will not agree to the Senate’s stand to restore to the “old mode of lump-sum budgeting.”

He added that House remained steadfast in its mission of itemizing all lump-sum funds in this year’s P3.757-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Earlier, Sotto said he was open for both houses of Congress to hold a special session to pass a joint resolution granting a supplemental budget for the vetoed portions of the 2019 budget.

The Senate leader said it’s better to revert to the ratified version of the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) under House Bill No. 8169 and let President Rodrigo Duterte veto the lump sum appropriations.

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