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GOLDEN RESPONDS TO CRITICISM BY BRYAN

Sen. Adelbert M. Bert Bryan has said a delay in the senate confirmation of acting director of the Industrial Development Commission Frandelle Gerard could result in confirmation by default. But Sen. V. Anne Golden disagrees.
In a letter to Golden, chair of the Rules Committee, Bryan said, "It appears that the Rules committee, as well as the 23 rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands, need to act with haste on the pending nomination. Failure by the Legislature to act in a timely manner, will result in confirmation of the nominee by default.
Golden said that's not true, calling Bryan disingenuous, saying "He (Bryan) knows full well that the Rules committee, its members and chairperson have already completed this process."
There was a delay in getting Gerard to the Rules Committee process because she had not responded to a request for information from the committee as of June 14. At the time there was a question about how long the committee had to act on the confirmation. It was determined the committee had 180-days in which to act.
Gerard was subsequently confirmed on Sept. 21.
Golden said, in a release from her office, that Gerard's confirmation is awaiting action by the full legislature and that the responsibility for placing the issue on the Senate agenda was with the Legislature President Vargrave Richards.

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Sen. Adelbert M. Bert Bryan has said a delay in the senate confirmation of acting director of the Industrial Development Commission Frandelle Gerard could result in confirmation by default. But Sen. V. Anne Golden disagrees.
In a letter to Golden, chair of the Rules Committee, Bryan said, "It appears that the Rules committee, as well as the 23 rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands, need to act with haste on the pending nomination. Failure by the Legislature to act in a timely manner, will result in confirmation of the nominee by default.
Golden said that's not true, calling Bryan disingenuous, saying "He (Bryan) knows full well that the Rules committee, its members and chairperson have already completed this process."
There was a delay in getting Gerard to the Rules Committee process because she had not responded to a request for information from the committee as of June 14. At the time there was a question about how long the committee had to act on the confirmation. It was determined the committee had 180-days in which to act.
Gerard was subsequently confirmed on Sept. 21.
Golden said, in a release from her office, that Gerard's confirmation is awaiting action by the full legislature and that the responsibility for placing the issue on the Senate agenda was with the Legislature President Vargrave Richards.