Infrastructure bill passes first hurdle

The China Post
Date: April 27, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao and Alan Fong

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The NT$880 million infrastructure plan spearheaded by the Tsai Ing-

A table in a meeting room inside the Legislative Yuan lies in pieces after Kuomintang caucus whip Liao Kuo-tung rammed it into a committee convener’s table and then stamped on it, Wednesday, April 26. (CNA)

wen administration passed first reading at the Legislative Yuan on Monday, amid clashes between opposing party lawmakers.

The draft of the Special Act for Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Plan will now go for an up-or-down vote by lawmakers without need for further interparty negotiations.

The day started relatively peacefully as opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers took to the rostrum at the Legislative Yuan Economics Committee to speak again the bill, which they call a wasteful spending spree favoring local governments governed by ruling party chiefs.

Tension began to raise after Legislator Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the convener of the Legislative Yuan Economics Committee ended the discussion and began reciting the articles of the bill in a move to pass it for the first reading.    [FULL  STORY]

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