S. Korean parliament resumes review of bills, gov’t budget proposal

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- Rival parties on Thursday resumed their review of key bills and the government's 2019 budget proposal one day after they agreed to put parliament back on track following a weeklong hiatus.

The National Assembly has around 90 bills to review for their passage during the ongoing regular session. The government's record 470.5 trillion-won (US$416.5 billion) budget proposal is also pending, with a legal deadline for the review scheduled for Dec. 2.

Later in the day, the ruling Democratic Party (DP) and two conservative opposition parties held a working-level meeting on legislation as they seek to implement an agreement reached at the recent inaugural meeting of a joint consultative body involving rival parties and the government.

They discussed economic bills, including cuts in credit card commissions for small shop owners, and agreed to expedite the review of such bills during the 100-day regular session that kicked off in September.

"Not many days remain in the regular session. The political parties' floor leaders will check the legislative process on a daily basis and adjust differences to keep the promise to wrap up the legislation," Hong Young-pyo, the DP's floor leader, said at the start of the meeting.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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