|Congressman Faleomavaega announced that on October
3rd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution which will continue
the operations of the federal government through October 13, 2000.
“As of today, only two of the 13 annual appropriations bills have
been signed by the President. Last week, Congress authorized the
continuation of the operations of the U.S. government through this Friday,
but that will not be enough time go get through the remaining ten funding
bills,” said Faleomavaega.
“Regrettably, this will keep me in Washington, D.C. a week longer
than I had planned. American Samoa’s budget remains in tact, and
the conference report for the Interior Appropriations bill passed the House
yesterday. But during this period when so many appropriations bills
will be negotiated, I must remain in Washington, D.C. to make sure American
Samoa’s interests are protected,” the Congressman concluded.
The Senate is debating the Interior conference report today, October
4th. There is a possibility that Congress’ budget work may not be
completed by October 13th, and a third extension will be required.