KMT stalls legislature ahead of review

‘FRIVOLOUS’:The legislative speaker questioned the KMT’s move as lawmakers had already agreed to restart reviews of the infrastructure development bill today

Taipei Times
Date: May 03, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday again occupied the legislative

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators opposed to the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program yesterday block proceedings by occupying the speaker’s podium in the Legislative Yuan. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

speaker’s podium as they urged their colleagues to retract a bill to implement the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Plan.

With the Economics Committee scheduled to lead a second joint-committee review of the bill today, the KMT caucus staged a protest against what it called the NT$880 billion (US$29.3 billion) “money-pit bill,” demanding a redrafting of the bill to reduce the expenditure and shorten its target period from eight years to four.

KMT caucus secretary-general Alicia Wang (王育敏) said the plan is “unreasonable and unjust” and that, as a responsible opposition party, the KMT is obliged to block a bill that is “destined to accrue a great debt that will be shouldered by our children.”

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