National District senator to keep promise and desist from the slush fund


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Feb 20, 2019

Senator Faride Raful (National District-PRM) announced on 21 October 2020 she would not cash in on the senatorial social assistance fund, better known as “the little barrel” (el barrilito).

As a Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) deputy, and when campaigning for senator, Raful had been critical of the slush fund that awards more than RD$1 million a month in discretionary funds to whom is the capital city senator. But once she became the senator for the National District, she changed her position and announced the money would fund a National District Senate Technical Office.

On Wednesday, 22 October, Raful announced she will submit a bill to the Senate to eliminate this fund. She said that as a member of the Bicameral Commission that studies the National Budget, she will propose a restructuring of funds to eliminate the assistance fund. Most senators oppose eliminating the...

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