Despite pleas from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) committee members, the pan-blue-camp dominated Procedure Committee again rejected the long-obstructed arms-procurement bill as well as again blocking President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) nominations for the Control Yuan.
However, the committee agreed to place draft statutes on the National Assembly's exercise of power and the 2008 Taiwan Expo on the agenda for Friday's plenary legislative session.
Expressing his concern that important bills may not be passed before the legislative session concludes at the end of the month, DPP caucus whip Lai Ching-te (
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"Please, please, please. I'm sincerely imploring you to push those bills through to the committees for review," he said. "If you pass on this opportunity today, I fear that they will not pass into law before the current session ends."
Lai's appeal drew a short round of applause from a minority of committee members.
The appeal, however, received the cold shoulder from People First Party (PFP) caucus whip Lee Yung-ping (
"We will not support any bill proposed by the Chen administration until the DPP offers a public apology and responds positively to the efforts the pan-blue alliance has been making to improve cross-strait relations," she said.
She vowed to work with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to strike down future bills proposed by the pan-green camp.
PFP Legislator Lee Hung-chun (
"Our job is to oversee. Partisan cooperation is not equal to surrender," he said. "The DPP may criticize us for blocking its bills, but it should take a good look at itself and ask whether it did a good job in negotiating with the opposition parties."
The PFP and KMT committee members rejected seven bills proposed by the DPP and the Taiwan Solidarity Union.
The bills included the arms-procurement bill, a bill confirming Control Yuan candidates selected by the president, a bill establishing a supervisory and management committee for pensions, a national loyalty bill and amendments to the Public Debt Law (
Committee members voted 18 to 12 to shelve the seven bills and 18 to 13 against two more bills proposed by the pan-green camp.
Cross-party talks called by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
The representatives agreed to talk today about the statute governing the National Assembly's exercise of power and other bills.
The KMT repeated its opposition to the Taiwan Expo bill, saying that it was nothing but a "regional fair," because the government was not planning to sign an agreement with the International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE) in Paris.
KMT caucus whip Chen Chieh (
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