House CHCC budget hearing cancelled


The House of Representatives would not be holding any budget hearings for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

House Ways and Means Committee chair Rep. Angel A. Demapan (R-Saipan) said that no budget hearing would be held for the corporation due to scheduling conflicts between his committee and CHCC.

“We’ve called in pretty much all the critical programs with the exception of CHCC,” said Demapan last Wednesday.

Instead, CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña would be submitting a written statement justifying their proposed budget for fiscal year 2019.

“We would take a look at that as…we do in a budget hearing and see how much we can accommodate their request,” he said.

Demapan said the committee is looking at passing a product for House review by July. However, he said he would first want to communicate with Sen. Jude Hofschneider’s (R-Tinian) Senate Fiscal Affairs Committee.

“I am going to confer also with the Senate committee chair on their approach for the budget process. If they are ready to begin on their side, then the House committee would eventually decide to deliberate on a House version so we can send it out to the Senate [for review],” he said.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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