Guam – The House of Representatives is expected to hold a session either today or tomorrow to act on amendments made by the Senate on the fourth and latest version of the $132 million budget bill for fiscal year 2011.
This developed as reports circulated that the House is looking at Tuesday or Wednesday next week to hold a session and discuss the appropriations measure.
The Senate last Wednesday amended the latest budget bill earlier passed by the House. It reflected work hour cuts of 12 instead of the 16 proposed by the lower chamber.
The sparring at the Legislature comes as the CNMI government marked the eighth day of partial shutdown because of a lack of a balanced budget passed and signed into law by the Sept. 30 deadline.
As a result, over 1,000 civil servants have been unable to report to work until the House and Senate resolve their differences on the budget bill.
In other news, a $300,000 independent desk audit revealed that a number of divisions at the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs are overstaffed and have positions that are unjustifiable.