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Senate takes time off from committee hearings probe to focus on budget


The Senate will take a time off from committee hearings to focus on the 2015 budget as the higher chamber of Congress will begin plenary deliberations on Wednesday.

However, Vice President Jejomar Binay is not exempted from this as the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee will hold a hearing on Tuesday on allegations of corruption and ill-gotten wealth.

Under the Senate rules, no committee hearings are allowed while the plenary is tackling the budget.

The Senate will formally receive the House of Representatives’ version of the 2015 General Appropriations Act Monday.

Schedule of the plenary deliberations reveal the Senate will first tackle the general principles of the budget, to be followed by the budgets of the National Economic and Development Authority, the Joint Legislative-Executive Council, the Department of Finance, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Education.

The last day of plenary deliberations is on Nov. 25, after which the Senate is expected to vote on the 2015 budget bill.

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