Presidential Minister Danilo Medina has told reporters that the government would continue operating on the 2005 budget until the Congress approves the law required for the 2006 budget to become effective. He said that the Congress does not have enough time to look at the legislation and get it passed between now and 31 December. He also said that the use of the 2005 budget would cause the government some minor problems, but he felt that these would go away when the new budget was finally passed in January. Medina pointed out that this is not the first time that the Congress had failed to pass the necessary legislation. Yesterday, the lower house sent the bill to a special commission for study. The 2006 budget was set at RD$228.550 billion by the Executive Branch.