Tue, Oct 21, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Legislator cancels trip to US due to tight schedule


Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) canceled yesterday a trip to the US planned for the coming weekend, citing a tight schedule at the legislature as the reason for the cancellation.

Wang, who was originally slated to depart on Oct. 25 to give a speech at an overseas Chinese democratic conference sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission in Houston, had to cancel the trip because of various important legislative matters such as a dispute over the government's budget plan for fiscal 2004.

Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文) will make the trip and address the conference in Wang's place. The legislative speaker has also had to put off plans to receive an honorary doctorate in law from St. John's University.

Opposition lawmakers have demanded that the Executive Yuan withdraw its government spending budget and correct what they call "legal errors, " but Premier Yu Shyi-kun has rejected the request.

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