Special House Sitting to Discuss Millennium Challenge Corporation in Belize

Special House Sitting to Discuss Millennium Challenge Corporation in Belize

The House of Representatives will meet tomorrow for a special sitting in Belmopan.  Love News understands that the meeting will facilitate the passing of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Belize.  Speaking on this matter was Minister of Political and Constitutional Reforms, Henry Usher who indicated that the US Congress had to give the greenlight before it came to the House of Representative in Belize.

Henry Charles Usher, PUP Chairman: “The primary purpose of this meeting is so that we can past the Millennium Corporation Act. This is the legislation that will create the authority. Of course you know a couple weeks ago the great news that the US the MCC board approved the grant to Belize of $125 million US dollars to be used in two sectors, in education and in energy. Congress had no issue with it, it has passed all of the different stages there in the US Congress but part of the process now is to create the local authority and this will be the Millennium Corporation Authority, the Belize version of it and this will be the implementing arm of all of the project that this money will be used for. So it is a big House meeting. The reason why it has to be done now is because parliament goes into recess and we certainly didn’t want to wait until after the recess to have to pass this legislation. So the plan is for it to go through three readings tomorrow so that we can have the authority set up, we can have the legislation approved by the House, by the Senate and signed into law by the Governor General before the end of this month.”

According to Usher, after tomorrow’s sitting the House will go on break until September.  It is to be noted that during the break, the National Assembly building will undergo some internal renovations.

Henry Charles Usher, PUP Chairman: “The House is going to go through renovations starting soon so when we come back from recess in September or so the House meetings will now be held at the George Price Center so you know that will be a big chance to see but the reason for that is that finally after so many years the House of Representatives, the parliament hill is going to go through some much needed renovations. So while that is happening the House meetings and Senate meetings will be held at the George Price Center. One of the major developments that you’ve seen in terms of the parliamentary calendar is actually what’s called a parliamentary agenda. And what does that mean ? That you have a schedule, you know when House meetings are going to be. You know that they’re going to be regular, you know what bills are in the House committee, you know when it’s going to come out of House committee so it has to go back to the House for second reading. I call it parliament finally working. This is how parliament should work. There should be regular sittings of the House. There should be regular debates of course at the last House meeting there was no debate, why ? Because the opposition didn’t show up.”

Tomorrow’s House Meeting begins at 11am.

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