Numerous legislative committees jointly reviewed special regulations on the cash handout "for the entire population to share" to complete the review within two days. However, before the start of the meeting, KMT and DPP exchanged words.
Five legislative committees met on Jan. 17 to jointly review special regulations on the cash handout "for the entire population to share" with the aim of passing the third reading by Jan. 19.
William Tseng, Legislator (KMT): “If we reach a consensus, then it can be delivered to the entire legislature and complete the third reading by Thursday. We're moving as fast as we can to deliver the cash, but it won't be possible for people to receive it before the Lunar New Year.”
Prior to the start of the meeting, KMT Legislator Wong Chung-chun and DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming got into an argument. The former criticized the latter's ignorance of the Budget Act. He also said he doesn't agree with needing administrative authorization to hand out cash, and that related ministries have not submitted reports and written material. The meeting chair requested that the ministries in question deliver the materials.
Yang Chiung-ying, Legislator (KMT): “The heads of all the ministries are sitting here today, but no one submitted a single written document.”
Ker Chien-ming, Legislator (DPP): “That's why there must be resilience and the economy should be strengthened. There's not going to be peace and prosperity just because we hand out cash. That's why I hope the KMT will stop putting the cart before the horse.”
Opposition parties expressed concerns that the Executive Yuan's version is a packaged imparity clause. Ker responded that they shouldn't use sensational terms and everyone needs to discuss the legal aspects because it's not just a simple matter of handing out cash. He said he hopes they can reach cross-party negotiations and the budget can be approved by Jan. 19.