EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY (THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN COORDINATED BY OMB WITH THE CONCERNED AGENCIES.)
September 27, 1999
H.R.2841 - To Amend the Revised Organic Act of the
Virgin Islands to Provide for Greater Fiscal Autonomy
(Christian-Christiansen (D) VI)
The Administration is concerned about the financial well-being of the
Government of the Virgin Islands. The Administration could support H.R.
2841, which would expand the authority of the Virgin Islands to issue bonds
for additional purposes, if the territory agrees to enact an acceptable
balanced budget/debt reduction plan.
The Administration is currently engaged in negotiating an acceptable
agreement with the Government of the Virgin Islands on a fiscal plan of
action and the Administration hopes to reach agreement very shortly. We
recognize the substantial debt outstanding of the Government of the Virgin
Islands, as well as its inability to pay all of its current expenses.
However, the Administration believes that any new or expanded financing
opportunities, as suggested in H.R. 2841, would only be meaningful if
accompanied by fiscal measures that address the continuing deficit in this
Pay-As-You Go Scoring
H.R.2841 would affect receipts, therefore, it is subject to the
pay-as-you-go requirement of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990.
OMB's preliminary estimate of this bill is that Federal receipts will
decrease by $2.5 million over five years. Final scoring of this
legislation may deviate from this estimate.