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Deadlock over Taipower resolution

’OTHER MATTER’:The DPP and TSU’s resolution to freeze the firm’s budget to suspend the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant was downgraded by KMT staff confirming the minutes

By Chris Wang and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter and Staff writer, with CNA

DPP Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) denied a KMT claim that no resolution could be passed before government officials deliver a report on it or are interpolated during committee meetings, saying there was no such requirement in the regulations.

Four impromptu proposals — two made by the KMT and two by the DPP — were passed in Thursday’s committee meeting, showing that KMT lawmakers at the meeting “knew what was going on,” TSU Legislator Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said.

Hsu said he suspected the KMT decided to challenge the validity of the resolution passed on Thursday rather than demand a reconsideration because the KMT could lose the vote if a reconsideration proposal was submitted.

A number of the nine KMT lawmakers on the committee oppose the construction of the nuclear power plant, he said.

Hsu said that the resolution on Thursday was legally binding and could not be unilaterally rescinded by any individual or party.

Lawmakers acknowledged that Taipower’s budget was not the real issue, but that it was the suspension of the construction of the plant that was the key issue. The company would not be able to continue construction if the budget were frozen.

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