PALIKIR, Pohnpei (September 30, 2014): During yesterday's meeting, as the Fifth Regular Session of the Eighteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia is winding down, Senator Wesley Simina asked his colleagues to agree on coming back for a special session in mid-November.
Senator Joseph J. Urusemal was thinking of the same thing. But, he wanted the meeting to take place from December 1st to 10th, instead of November.
Members tried to rationalize for both timeframes. Senator Simina explained that he wanted the November option for Congress to be able to respond in time to possible adverse actions by the Executive Branch on measures recently passed by Congress.
Among other items they acted on, Congress had passed on September 26th a new public project appropriation of $2.8 million, equally divided among the 14 Members.
Senator Urusemal revealed that the Standing Committee on Education and the Committee on Health and Social Affairs had planed to jointly undertake public hearing throughout the FSM States during the month of November.
Floor Leader Singkoro Harper agreed to having a special session soon but would prefer leaving the date to the Speaker determine based on "necessary actions".
Senator Vicky Gouland preferred knowing specific timeframes. He said his is busy with his campaign schedules for the 2015 election.
The date will be finalized before the session adjourns on October 4th.