Review of infrastructure bill stalled

UNPRECEDENTED:Cabinet members are to be present at today’s cross-caucus negotiations to answer questions from lawmakers, a first in the legislature’s history

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 04, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The review of a draft act on the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators occupy the speaker’s podium in the Legislative Yuan yesterday in an attempt to block the passage of enabling articles for the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program. Photo: CNA

was yesterday stalled as a plenary legislative session saw extended debates with opposition parties demanding that the bill be re-examined.

A cross-caucus negotiation was called immediately after the plenary session began, and the New Power Party (NPP) demanded that the draft act be returned to a legislative committee for reconsideration and that Premier Lin Chuan (林全) and the Cabinet formally report on the infrastructure program to the Legislative Yuan.

The requests were seconded by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the People First Party (PFP).

NPP Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said that a formal report by the premier is necessary because it is the Cabinet that should answer for the costly projects, not the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.    [FULL  STORY]

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