Congress reopens session today

After a month-long Halloween break, the Senate and the House of Representatives will be reopening sessions today, during which priority bills like amendments to the P3.7-trillion 2019 national budget will be taken up......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarNov 11th, 2018

Congress resumes session today

Passing the P3.75-trillion national budget for this year will be a priority as Congress resumes session today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Stronger hands vs corruption

After a month-long Christmas break, lawmakers of the 17th Congress are back in session starting today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

No time to pass budget bill, say Senate leaders

A reenacted national budget for at least January is all but certain, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.   Senate leaders on Wednesday ruled out any chance of passing the proposed P3.8-trillion national budget for 2019 this month, even if President Rodrigo Duterte were to call a special session of Congress.   The last session day for this year is today.   The joint session on Wednesday to tackle the President's request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year has added to the delay in budget hearings in the Senate.   Sotto said there was simply no time to finish plenary debates, incorporate all the amendments proposed by ...Keep on reading: No time to pass budget bill, say Senate leaders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

2019 budget, rice tariff bill top Congress priorities

THE GOVERNMENT’s proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 and a bill that will slash rice retail prices will be in the homestretch for approval by Congress, which resumes session today, according to lawmakers in separate interviews late last week......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Senate delivers more than expected

“The BOLARMM today when the Third Regular Session opens. The Senate delivered more than what was expected of it during the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress under the leaderships of Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Vicente Sotto III. Pimentel, who served as Senate President from July 2016 to May 2018, declared that except […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Committee to start hearings on draft federal charter

AS Congress resumes its session today, the House committee on constitutional amendments will begin its series of hearings this week on the draft federal constitution submitted by the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) led by its chairman Reynato Puno that Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez vowed to finish in at least six-month period….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Duterte certifies proposed BBL as urgent

President Duterte yesterday certified as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to enable Congress to pass it before session adjourns today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Congress raises tax on fuel, cars, tobacco

Personal income tax of salary-earners has been lowered but the excise tax on a host of goods and services such as automobiles, tobacco, coal, oil products and cosmetic procedures, has been increased under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill that both chambers of Congress are set to ratify today. Today is the last regular session of Congress before it goes on a holiday break starting Dec. 15. On Monday, the Senate and the House of Representatives settled all contentious points in the tax reform package during negotiations in the bicameral conference committee, which had stalled as a result of disagreements over the additional tax rate on, among other items...Keep on reading: Congress raises tax on fuel, cars, tobacco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Senate extends session hours this week

The Senate will extend its session hours this week as senators were expected to continue debating on amendments to the comprehensive tax reform bill. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the chamber would hold sessions at 10 a.m. today, adding that senators were all willing to start in the morning, especially this week. "We will play it by ear," Pimentel said. Sessions last week saw senators debating and voting on specific amendments to the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) that Malacaang wants passed along with the proposed 2018 national budget before Congress goes on recess on Dec. 15. Congress has only nine session days to work on the two me...Keep on reading: Senate extends session hours this week.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

STATE OF THE SENATE: Welcome back! And let’s get back to work

(Speech of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III at the opening of the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress on 24 July 2017) Good morning my dear colleagues and other members of the Senate family. Today we open the Second Regular Session of the Senate of the 17th Congress in the best possible way. A survey [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017

Nation: Congress to tackle BBL, bills on economy, crime

THE draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a number of key economic bills, and priority bills itemized by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) are among the legislation expected to be tackled by the 17th Congress as it begins its Second Regular Session today, July 24......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2017

Approval of martial law extension seen at joint session today

MANILA, Philippines - The two chambers of Congress convene today in a special session to vote on President Duterte’s request for the extension of his martial.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017


Today, Congress meets in historic joint session to pass upon the President’s declaration of Martial Law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017


The two chambers of Congress will convene for a rare joint session today to consider President Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

Trump budget plan shows how he would reshape nation – CNN News

An early glimpse at President Donald Trump's first budget proposal offers the clearest blueprint yet of how he plans to remake the nation. The plan envisages a 10% hike in military spending to be paid for by sharp cuts in other government departments, with the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency each bracing for a particularly painful hit. If enacted, the plan would involve a radical domestic reshaping of the federal government paired with a shift in the posture of American diplomacy around the world. It is an approach that flows directly from the rhetoric and positions adopted by Trump on the campaign trail playing to his grass-roots supporters' deep distrust of Washington and his &'8220;America First&'8221; political creed. &'8220;This is a landmark event, a message to the world, in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve,&'8221; Trump said Monday. The budget plan comes at a time when the administration is making strenuous efforts to flesh out the ideological and political foundations on which the new GOP White House is built. Top officials, including the President, previewed a strident change of political direction at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, and Trump will intensify the effort with his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night &'8212; a crucial moment for the new administration. But the controversial nature of Trump's emerging budget &'8212; always a magnet for partisan opposition &'8212; guarantees a fight that will test the White House's capacity to corral lawmakers and shape public opinion. It also demonstrates a desire to boost military might and de-emphasize diplomatic reductions that will reverberate in foreign capitals of friends and foes alike. Already, a cadre of retired generals and admirals has warned that cutting State Department funding on diplomacy and development would make America less safe. Democrats say they will use every tool at their disposal, which includes the power of the filibuster in the Senate, to block Trump's plans. The President could also face resistance from Republican budget hawks in Congress. Defense hawks, meanwhile, are arguing that the $54 billion dollar hike in defense spending is not enough after years of budget sequestration that capped military funding. It is not yet clear exactly where the cuts will come from. Monday's announcement involved top-line numbers from the 2018 budget sent to government agencies that must now work out how to adjust their spending. Any budget issued by the White House is merely an opening bid, and many soon become worthless documents once Congress, with its competing demands on the public purse, gets to work. Democrats, who could try to frustrate Trump by refusing to lift caps on defense spending by wielding the Senate filibuster, sensed a political opportunity to undercut Trump's appeal to working-class voters as they try to rebuild their party's support ahead of midterm elections next year. &'8220;The budget proposal is a reflection of where the President is at and who he is (and) what today's hard-right Republican party &'8212; which has done this budget through its Cabinet &'8212; believes in,&'8221; said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. &'8220;Which is relieve the burdens on the wealthy and special interests, whether they be coal companies or financiers, and put the burden on the middle class.&'8221; But Trump styles himself as a shrewd negotiator steeped in the give-and-take of real estate transactions and is known for making the kinds of bold opening gambits that the budget announcement on Monday represents. The proposals were also formulated directly from the fiery speeches of the President's campaign, which underpinned his belief that he has a mandate for radical change and might make any compromise harder. &'8220;When you see these reductions, you'll be able to tie it back to a speech the President gave, or something the President had said previously,&'8221; Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters on Monday. &'8220;We are taking his words and turning them into policies and dollars.&'8221; The goals are consistent with the theory of Trumpism laid out by the President's political adviser, Steve Bannon, at CPAC last week, which included a push to &'8220;deconstruct the administrative state.&'8221; Indeed, the budget would remold the federal government by paring back programs introduced by the Obama administration &'8212; for example, EPA regulations on the fossil fuels industry &'8212; and other agency reductions. In practice, according to Mulvaney, that involves a sweeping reset of political priorities. &'8220;It is a true 'America first' budget,&'8221; said Mulvaney. &'8220;It will show the President is keeping his promises and doing exactly what he said he was going to do when he ran for office. It prioritized rebuilding the military, including restoring our nuclear capabilities, protecting the nation and securing the border, enforcing the laws currently on the books, taking care of vets and increasing school choice.&'8221; Still, with Trump vowing not to touch popular non-discretionary spending targets like Medicare and Social Security, his budget team faces a tortuous task in wringing out savings at agencies while preserving room for Trump's promised big tax cuts. Every dollar that is cut from discretionary spending could affect other popular and vital programs, including transportation, conservation, agriculture and commerce &'8212; all of which have powerful lobbies ready to go into battle for their funding. And Trump does not want to tighten the national belt everywhere. For instance, he is proposing spending billions of dollars on his pet project of a southern border wall, though he has promised [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Congress resumes session today

Congress resumes session today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 6th, 2016

President Duterte’s first SONA today

President Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, the 25th day of his administration, before a joint session of Congress at the Batasan. Like his Inaugural Address in Mala.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 24th, 2016

President Dutertes first SONA today

President Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, the 25th day of his administration, before a joint session of Congress at the Batasan......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJul 24th, 2016

Senate panel to push higher tax on tobacco when session resumes

THE SENATE Ways and Means committee will submit for plenary action a measure to raise the excise tax on tobacco products when Congress resumes session in May, even if there will be little time left by then to ensure enactment......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2019

Finally, Congress passes P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

MANILA, Philippines – After months-long delay, the 17th Congress has passed the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019.  The House of Representatives and the Senate separately ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) on Friday night, February 8, the last day of session ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019