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Social Partners weigh in on Appropriation Bill (No.3) 2017

The social partners expressed similar views of the PUP Senators. Seasoned Senator, Mark Lizarraga who represents the Private Sector expressed that the tabling of the bill breaches the Finance and Audit Reform Act of 2005. Meanwhile, Senator representing the Unions, Elena Smith and Senator Osmany Salas of the NGO’s both criticized government’s move to call a Senate sitting months after the monies were spent. Senator for the Churches, Pastor Ashley Rocke, whilst staying neutral, suggested that Senators delay the bill for thirty days.

MARK LIZARRAGA, SENATOR FOR PRIVATE SECTOR 

“We are not spending a party’s money, were not spending politician’s money, we are spending the people’s money. It is a topic that the business community that I represent has long tried to champion. We began championing this subject and topic with the honorable Godwin Hulse and I do my best to continue. Why is it important Mr. President because people work hard struggle to pay taxes, suffer from the high prices and the least we can expect and not only expect,  we were promised is to have proper accountability and transparency with the spending of our money, our tax money.”

OSMANY SALAS, SENATOR FOR NGOs

“I felt very slighted, very disappointed, I felt insulted when I went through the documents for today and I realized that here we are being asked; I am being asked to support a bill for a fiscal year that ended ten months ago. That is absolutely wrong Mr. President.”

ELENA SMITH, SENATOR FOR UNIONS

“While we understand that this body when it comes to money bills really and truly we don’t have much except to as we said earlier we just rubber stamp these things. I want us to bear in mind all our responsibilities that we have our duties and responsibilities as it relates to ensuring that what we do here is done properly and so Mr. president again I just want to remind us that we should be leading by example and so I trust that the next time we have to come here with such a bill that proper details are given to us as we always say and that we keep in mind these acts that we have to abide by when we do these things.”

ASHELY ROCKE, SENATOR FOR CHURCHES

“Everybody needs to understand that money used was used to fortify those people who were affected by the hurricane but the concern is that there are some who believe that it was not accounted for in a timely manner. Since that we are saying that we thirty days in which to debate this bill and put it to rest. I was wondering that both sides be satisfied that we do have the man come in and explain the Financial Secretary come in and explain of course understanding that we have thirty days to do this.”

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