Cross-party negotiations on various bills broke down yesterday as the pan-blue camp accused the government of threatening opposition lawmakers to boycott today's legislative sitting.
The breakdown in negotiations poses a threat to the passage of several high-profile bills, such as the Organic Law of the Executive Yuan (
If these bills are not approved today or tomorrow, they will have to be resubmitted by the new Cabinet to the next legislature.
The pan-blue caucuses yesterday accused several ministers, including Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san (
The pan-blue caucuses then announced that they were withdrawing from the cross-party negotiations.
Although Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
Meanwhile, the opposition camp still insists on cutting about NT$100 billion from the government's proposed income in the annual budget for this year. There will be 44 sub-plans to be voted on in today's sitting.
The only good news for the Democratic Progressive Party yesterday was that the caucuses finally reached an agreement on the amendment to the Special Statute for Increasing Investment in Public Construction (
The DPP caucus yesterday proposed holding an interim legislative session to review and approve the nominations for new Control Yuan members and possibly handle the NT$610.8 billion (US$19.2 billion) US arms deal. The pan-blue camp said it was not interested in the proposal.
DPP caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang (
Wang said that there would be some solution to this problem, but whether an interim session should be held has to be jointly decided by all caucuses.
Wang proposed that the new legislature start work before Feb. 1 to review the nominations.
Cabinet Spokesman Chen Chi-mai (
(Additional reporting by staff reporter Ko Shu-ling)