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New legislative session to discuss key bills
Central News Agency
2013-02-17 05:26 PM
Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) A number of major bills and amendments are scheduled to be discussed in the new legislative session to be opened on Feb. 26, which will mark the first legislative session after the Cabinet reshuffle. The ruling Kuomintang party and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will submit priority bills for this session, including a proposed amendment to the Public Debt Act, a proposed amendment to the Act Governing the Allocation of Government Revenues and Expenditures, and an amendment to the anti-media monopoly bill. The Executive Yuan will also submit an amendment to the pension programs in April, which the Kuomintang and the DPP remain at odds over, lawmakers said. "It still takes time to incubate the pension reform plan," Kuomintang Legislator Lin Te-fu said, adding that the reform should progress step by step via a comprehensive negotiation. During the new legislative session, Premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah is expected to report on the Cabinet's major policy goals and work agenda for the coming year, which will likely affect the results of various policies. Meanwhile, Kuomintang caucus whip Lin Hung-chih said the new Cabinet needs to put in more efforts to help lawmakers understand the emphasis of the amendments to be discussed. It will be Jiang's first report in the Legislative Yuan since he was tapped to succeed Sean Chen as the new premier late last month. Chen decided to resign as premier for health reasons in January and led his Cabinet in resigning en masse Feb. 7. A new Cabinet lineup has been finalized and will be sworn in Feb. 18, the first working day after the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday. (By Claire Chen and Jeffrey Wu)
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