The legislature's pan-blue dominated Procedure Committee yesterday rejected the arms-procurement bill for the 29th time.
It voted 17-13 in favor of again shelving the arms-procurement package as well as President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) nominations for the Control Yuan and a political party assets bill.
But the committee did approve for debate a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) proposal to condemn Premier Frank Hsieh (
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Shen Fa-hui (
Shen said that the pan-blue camp should present a more concrete plan instead of continuing its opposition based on "political ideology and partisan interests."
People First Party Legislator Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞) said he did not think it a good idea to send the arms bill to the National Defense Committee for review because he feared there would be more conflict than debate.
KMT Legislator Shuai Hua-min (
Meanwhile, KMT Legislator Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權), also executive director of the KMT's Central Policy Committee, proposed that a motion censuring the premier be debated next Tuesday.
His proposal received support from 17 of the 29 committee members, while the DPP caucus failed in its subsequent bid to shelve the motion, receiving backing from only 12 members.
DPP caucus whip William Lai (
In a more positive development, the pan-blue camp agreed to place a bill for a proposed national communications commission on Tuesday's legislative agenda, where a showdown vote is expected to decide its fate.
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