Pan-blue lawmakers yesterday again boycotted a NT$6.27 billion (US$191.2 million) supplemental budget for purchasing three weapons systems from the US in the Procedure Committee.
A motion to block the supplemental budget, together with other long-stalled bills, was proposed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and backed by the People First Party (PFP).
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Chi-fang (
Other long-stalled proposals, including President Chen Shui-bian's (
State Public Prosecutor-General Wu Ying-chao (吳英昭) has offered to resign to take responsibility for the uproar over vote-buying allegations ahead of last December's local government elections.
However, Wu's resignation has yet to be accepted because of the legislature's delay in approving a replacement.
Chen's previous nominee, Taiwan High Court Prosecutor-General Hsieh Wen-ding (
Pan-blue lawmakers last week agreed that they would start to review Chen's new nominee, Chen Tsung-ming (
"A president who is involved in corruption [allegations] is not qualified to nominate the nation's top prosecutor," KMT Legislator Lee Yung-ping (
The delay in approving the president's nominees for the Control Yuan has rendered the public watchdog over the four other branches of government idle since the term of the last members expired in January last year.
Meanwhile, a government-sponsored bill for amending the Organic Law of the National Communications Commission (