Newspaper article China Post

Officials Expect Passage of Beef Amendments

Newspaper article China Post

Officials Expect Passage of Beef Amendments

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Food safety amendments opening up borders to U.S. beef imports containing ractopamine are likely to pass in a plenary session next Tuesday.

All lawmakers from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and minor opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union and the People First Party have signed on to keeping Taiwan's current zero-tolerance policy, but most KMT lawmakers favor lifting the ban. Only about 10 KMT legislators have yet to commit to the party line.

The drafts need a simple majority of present voters to clear the Legislature, and the KMT controls 64 of 113 total seats. This means that even if all 10 KMT legislators do not appear for the vote, the opposition parties still lack sufficient clout to block the drafts.

If all 113 legislators show for the vote, eight of the 10 KMT legislators must vote with the DPP and minor opposition to block the drafts.

That prospect is increasingly unlikely, as lobbying from the KMT caucus, Executive Yuan heads, and Ma himself continue to soften internal opposition. …

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