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Fri Oct 23, 2020, 09:42 PM

American Samoa Senate still questions budget measure; House passes its version

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the House has approved, with two amendments, its version of the Administration’s temporary funding gap appropriation bill for the government, the Senate is holding another discussion on the measure tomorrow, with a government witness.

The bill provides consolidated appropriations and temporary funding to continue government operations until action on regular appropriations is completed. Further, the bill allows for continuing appropriations and prevents a “funding gap and corresponding government shutdown” for the fiscal year 2021.

While the Legislature and Executive branch face an impasse on the final FY 2021 budget bill, a small group of about 15 people gathered yesterday around 8 a.m in front of Utulei beach — across from the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium — calling for approval of the budget.

The group displayed colorful placards, urging the Fono to “Keep our Schools Open- Pass the Budget”, “My Family Depends on my ASG job- Pass the Budget” and “Save our Jobs- pass the budget”.

Read more: https://www.samoanews.com/local-news/senate-still-questions-budget-measure-house-passes-its-version

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