MONROVIA-The House of Representatives has clarified that decision to reject a proposed “Act to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Bao Chico Resources” from the Liberian Senate does not in any way mean that members of the House are against such agreement intended for development.
It can be recalled that members of the House of Representatives during their Tuesday’s , November 9, 2021 Special Session unanimously voted to return the agreement to the Liberian Senate on grounds that it violates the Liberian Constitution.
A Release from the Press and Public Affairs Bureau of the Honorable House under the signature of Director Robert B. Haynes is quoted as saying that members of the Honorable House of Representatives are not against the Agreement; but they are just being careful of the usurpation of their legislative power.
The release further stated that the lawmakers acted based on Article 34d(i) which among other things, states that “all revenue bills, whether subsidies, charges, imports, duties or taxes and other financial bills shall originate in the House of Representatives, but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bill”.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives says it’s Joint Committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Judiciary is currently conducting public hearing on the Mineral Development Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Bao Chico Resources of Liberia; adding that the outcome of the hearing will be communicated to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.
At the same time, the Honorable House of Representatives has expressed its fullest Commitment to constructively work with the Liberian Senate in ensuring that the best interest of the People remains supreme.