It brings me great pleasure that we have received word from our contacts in Iraq that the 2013 Federal Budget will be voted on Monday. The reason you are seeing Saturday and some articles are reporting Monday is that the Kurds wanted to do this Saturday but the other blocs wanted to wait until Monday. Go figure.
According to our sources, all blocs, and I repeat all blocs, Maliki, Allawi, Kurds, etc. are all on the same page now and all differences have been worked out, therefore as it stands now, the vote is on for Monday (Iraq's Monday not our). Once it is passed our guys will call us regardless of our time and share the news.
With this being said, pray for the best and prepare for the worst. With all of the pressure from citizens, I just cannot see how they will not follow thru this time. Major consequences will follow if they do not.
The parliament will be meeting Saturday but they will be voting and passing other laws, just not the 2013 budget.
So, this was the huge news I have been waiting for.
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Now I am excited beyond belief. It is getting very hard to stay focused but we all will continue to take one step at a time.
There you have it. I promised I would share when we heard. Please also thank Ray and his contacts as well that confirmed all of this wonderful news.
It is hard for me to tell you not to get excited, but anything can happen as you have clearly seen in the past. Let's hope history does not repeat itself regarding the budget this time around.
I know many are asking about the 2012 and 2011 budgets. The 2011 budget ran into 2012 and you did not hear much about the transition into the 2012. Now you have the 2012 budget which by the way was opened and monies disbursed through out the year but this time it was closed. All funds accounted for and even found a surplus which was added to the 2013 budget and that was voted on and approved.
My text is ready so is the email. Enjoy your weekend and have a safe one.