Congress Continues to Pour Financial Assistance into the States

Colonia, Yap. October 13, 2014 –The 18th FSM Congress during its 5th Regular Session made appropriations worth more than $10 million for projects ranging from infrastructure improvement projects to other community projects and social development programs in all four States.

Some of these Congressional Acts have since become public laws, while others await Presidential approval or disapproval.

The first of these appropriations is Congressional Act #18-99, now Public Law No. 18-91, is an act to appropriate $5.42 million from the FSM General Fund for the purpose of funding infrastructure improvements in the States of Chuuk and Kosrae. Of the total appropriation, which came from infrastructure sector grants for the Chuuk and Kosrae, $5.2 million is geared towards the “Weno Road Project in Chuuk”, while the remaining $221,600 will go towards the “Hospital Redesign in Kosrae”.

Another of these Congressional Acts is CA No. 18-96 [Bill No. 18-172 CD4], which has yet to become a Public Law. CA No. 18-96 is an act to appropriate the sum of $2.8 million from the FSM General Fund for the purpose of funding public projects and social programs for all four States for fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

Of the total sum appropriated, Kosrae and Yap each gets $400,000 for public projects and social programs, $800,000 is appropriated for public projects and social programs for the people of the State of Pohnpei, and $1.2 million is appropriated for the same purpose for the people of Chuuk.

The specific line item breakdowns vary from State to State ranging from aids to municipal governments, scholarships, infrastructure improvements, and community projects including a $55,000 for a water extension project for one Arngel Village in Yap. A complete listing and breakdown of the appropriation for each State is accessible at www.fsmcongress.fm.

Amendments to existing appropriations were also made to extend financial assistance to the States, including Congressional Act No. 18-93 [Bill No. 18-210 CD7] where the use and allottee of previously appropriated funds for the purpose of funding public projects and social programs in all four states were amended.

Likewise, the amendments vary from State to State, including two amendments for the State of Yap changing the use of previously appropriated funds to now fund “Student financial assistance for Yapese students at COM-FSM” at $75,000, and another $75,000 for the “Technical assessment and evaluation of MS Hapilmohol”. This Congressional Act has not become a public law as well.

Congress also, during its 5th Regular Session, enacted Congressional Bill 18-227, which is another assistance to the State of Chuuk in the amount of $550,000 for AIP Matching Fund ending fiscal year 2015. This also has not become a public law.

Other assistance to the States came by way of appropriations under the fiscal year 2015 budget, now Public Law 18-89, which included among a long list, subsidies to the States Joint Law Enforcements, subsidies to the State Judiciaries, infrastructure projects in the States including $2 million for the Outer Islands Airport Improvements, and $300,000 for the Yap International Airport Terminal Improvement.

For a complete listing of all Congressional Actions of the 18th FSM Congress during its 5th Regular Session, please visit www.fsmcongress.fm or contact your State’s Congressional Delegation Office.

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