Caucuses agree to cut special session

COMPROMISE:The DPP agreed to delay review of a proposal to halve the securities transaction tax and urban renewal measures to prioritize review of the general budget

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 06, 2017
By: Tseng Wei-chen / Staff reporter, with CNA

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucuses yesterday

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan, right, accompanied by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chuang Ruei-hsiung, share a lighter moment in the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

reached a compromise on the ongoing extraordinary legislative session, with the two sides agreeing to cut the session by six days and that it would only deal with general budget bills and two other draft amendments.

The DPP caucus initially planned to hold the extraordinary session from yesterday through Jan. 26, the day before Lunar New Year’s Eve, but agreed to shorten the session to Jan. 20 after a meeting with other party caucuses yesterday morning.

The meeting came after no consensus was reached during cross-party negotiations on Wednesday to set the special session’s agenda.

The number of legislative items the DPP caucus originally intended to handle in the extraordinary session was also cut from seven to three, which include the general budget, as well as amendments to the Electricity Act (電業法) and the Long-term Care Services Act (長期照顧服務法).    [FULL  STORY]

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