Colonia, Yap. August 7, 2015. On July 30, 2105, FSM Senator Joseph J. Urusemal and FSM Senator Isaac V. Figir of the Yap Congressional Delegation briefed the Yap State Leadership on recent activities and efforts of the newly organized 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Representatives of the two Councils of Traditional Leaders, along with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and their cabinet, as well as the Speaker and Members of the 9th Yap State Legislature filled the Yap State Legislative Chamber to take part in the State Leadership Meeting.
Senator Urusemal, who is the Chairman of the Yap Congressional Delegation, at the outset of their briefing reported that the FSM Congress, last May, has organized itself. Further adding that he and Senator Figir retained their Congressional Chairmanship on the Committee on Education and the Committee on Ways and Means respectively.
The Senators also reported that Congress is continuing its role of review and consent on Presidential nominations for the new FSM Administration’s cabinet members as well as diplomatic posts. The report further elaborated on the recent Congressional Resolutions which confirmed the nominations of the FSM Chief Justice Yamase, Ambassador Chigiyal as the FSM Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Mauricio as Director of the FSM Archives and HPO, Director Yatilman for the Office of Environmental Emergency Management, Secretary Gallen, Esq. for the Department of Justice, Secretary Lawrence for the Department of Finance and Administration, Secretary Weilbacher for the Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure, Secretary Kephas for the Department of Education, and Secretary Henry for the Department of Resources and Development.
Chairman Urusemal also explained that the FSM Congress continues to prioritize recovery and rebuilding efforts in Yap and Chuuk amidst the recent devastations caused by Super Typhoon Maysak. Most recently, the Yap Congressional Delegation appealed to the FSM Congress for an appropriation of a $100,000 (PL No. 19-08) specifically for relief efforts in Yap, adding to the list of domestic and foreign assistance, both monetary and donated goods, for the effected States.
The FSM Congress continues through Congressional Resolutions to express its sincere appreciation to foreign governments, including the Australia, China, Japan, Palau, and the United States (and Guam) among others, and various organizations for all monetary assistance, donated goods, and humanitarian assistance provided in response to the recent disaster.
The Senators also drew the Leadership’s attention to the continued subsidies that Congress continues to provide the States. For the State of Yap under PL No. 19-10, the projects and programs included, but is not limited to the following:
- $15,000 for the 2016 Yap Day Site Improvement
- $23,500 for Yap Visitor’s Bureau Promotional Program/Travel
- $10,000 for Yap Cap Operational Subsidy
- $100,000 for Yap Cap Community Project Matching Fund
- $18,000 for Dugor Men’s House
- $26,000 Supplemental Funding for Yap’s Department of Education Teachers
Senator Figir also further encouraged the need for haste implementation of the projects stressing that Congress during its recent Sessions extended the lapse dates of at least fifteen different appropriations, including PL No. 19-15 which extended the lapse date of appropriations under PL No. 18-42 of which a $100,000 is intended for the improvement of the Yap Airport Terminal Facility.
The Senators also reported that Congress since its First Regular Session last May have approved over $3.7 million in grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services for various health programs and services across the nation, with a number still awaiting Congressional approval. In its most recent Session, Congress also approved several grants from the US National Park Services of which a $151,388 grant was specifically earmarked for the Yap Historic Preservation Office.
For more information on the measures of the 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, please visit www.fsmcongress.fm. For more information on this new release, please contact the Yap Congressional Delegation Office.
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