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Hsieh identifies five bills as his top legislative priorities

CNA , Taipei

Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) has singled out five legislative bills that he hopes can clear the legislative floor soon after the new legislative session opens Feb. 25, Cabinet spokesman Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said yesterday.

The five bills involve measures to bolster the tottering national health insurance program, the restructuring of the Executive Yuan, the special statute regarding three massive arms procurement projects, revisions to the rules of operation of the National Assembly and the special statute concerning a planned world exposition in 2008, Cho said.

According to Cho, Hsieh called for quick passage of the five bills during a working lunch with legislative whips of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and several government officials.

Those present at the lunch at Hsieh's official residence included Vice Premier Wu Rong-i (吳榮義), Cabinet Secretary-General Lee Ying-yuan (李應元), Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), who concurrently heads the DPP's policy coordination commission, two new DPP whips in the legislature -- Chao Yung-ching (趙永清) and Chen Ching-chun (陳景峻).

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