Final version of 2021 budget ready this week: Lawmaker

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Congress is eyeing the finalization this week of the P4.5-trillion General Appropriations Act to be submitted for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature, according to House Appropriations Committee chair Eric Go Yap.

Yap said that the bicameral conference committee is set to finish reconciling the Senate and House versions of the budget bill “this week,” with a final ratification by both chambers being eyed by mid-week.

“Bale ngayon, fina-finalize na lang namin, kasama ang Senate. Magkasama ulit kami mamaya. Fina-finalize na lang namin ang few details. Pero bukas, magkakaroon kami ng bicam ulit. Pagkatapos nun, isasara na namin. Yung report, ilalabas na namin bukas, and then sa hapon, ira-ratify na ng both Houses,” Yap said. 

[We are finalizing it with Senators later today. We’ll release the report by tomorrow, and in the afternoon it will be ratified by both chambers.]