THIRTEENTH SESSION HOMESTRETCH

The Senate is now in its last few days before it goes on a three month recess for the elections. That’s why Senators are working double time to pass as many laws as possible. We are experiencing sessions lasting until 1130 pm every night. We expect two more nights of utmost torture. It is quite disappointing though that these bills passed during the last few days were no longer subjected to amendments or interpellations. Therefore, a window of opportunity exists that maybe riders and unnecessary clauses in these laws are overlooked by otherwise scrutinizing legislators only to introduce amendments thereto, upon realizing that they did not look at these laws closely at this point.

On the other hand, I am happy to see the Senators on their feet, doing legislative work till late night. Only to prove to all that the Senate does not sleep on its job. Let’s face it, this is the only institution wherein true and rigorous debates are undertaken to dissect and study pieces of legislation. I was just hoping that they do this more often, and not only towards the end of their sessions in Congress

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