Lawmakers are sharpening their knives for a budget battle

The China Post
Date: July 11, 2017
By: The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Lawmakers are prepared for a fight today as the Cabinet’s first

Democratic Progressive Party Caucus Whip Ker Chien-ming and the budget proposal. (Facebook)

full budget for its flagship infrastructure project is slated to come up for review.

In the best-case scenario, the bill will be submitted to Legislature today, enter cross-party negotiations tomorrow morning and goes up for a final vote that afternoon, said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Caucus Whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

But pan-blue lawmakers are determined to block the plan, which they decry as a pork-barrel bill.

On Monday, as Cabinet officials met with DPP lawmakers over the budget and strategies to ensure its passage, the Kuomintang (KMT) was reportedly preparing thousands of budget items that they would use to obstruct a vote and buy time.

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