Osborne says DC on standstill due to election


CNMI Washington Office director Jason Osborne said Friday that Washington, D.C. right now is pretty much at a standstill, which is to be expected considering that there is an election less than two weeks from now.

Speaking at a radio news briefing, Osborne said there’s been talks about a second round of stimulus package and that the U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a version, but the U.S. Senate is resisting the version that the House had passed.

“They want a scaled-down version,” he said.

Osborne said President Donald Trump’s administration is trying to send out funds related to the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the previous stimuluses as well as some of their discretionary grant programs.

“We’re still operating under a continuing resolution, which funds the government until Dec. 11,” he said.

In his personal opinion, Osborne believes the continuing resolution will be extended further, probably until after the inauguration of the next administration. (Ferdie de la Torre)

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