Premier Frank Hsieh (
"The sooner we have the budget approved, the sooner we can begin our work," Hsieh said yesterday. "We thank heaven that Typhoon Talim did not cause too many deaths or losses and flooding. But that does not mean we do not need the budget for necessary construction work."
The premier cited the disaster in New Orleans and other areas along the Gulf Coast to support his position. He said the US Congress had launched its next session earlier than scheduled because congress members need time to work on a US$10.5 billion budget to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"If US congress members can do it, then maybe we can, too," he said.
Hsieh said the NT$80 billion budget would also help generate more economic activity because construction and a safer environment would attract more foreign investment.
"The year-end elections [for city mayors and county commissioners] are approaching. We do hope that this issue will not become a target that opposition politicians take advantage of to attack us. If that is the case, then this bill will likely continue to be held up in the legislature, which will be of use to no-one," he said.
"This has nothing to do with elections," Hsieh said. "I believe that my fellow lawmakers know this better than I do. So let's stop arguing over political issues and get this done for the public as soon as possible. I would be more than happy to beg anyone, if that helps."
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
But whether the bill passes is a different matter, Wang warned.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
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