The ruling and opposition parties agreed in the National Assembly in February, but… a war of nerves in the ‘heating cost supplement’

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The power of the people Song Eon-seok, deputy floor leader, and the Democratic Party's deputy floor leader Jin Seong-joon are posing with an agreement on the agenda for the extraordinary meeting for January-February in the office of the National Assembly Steering Committee on the afternoon of the 25th.  2023.1.25

The power of the people Song Eon-seok, deputy floor leader, and the Democratic Party’s deputy floor leader Jin Seong-joon are posing with an agreement on the agenda for the extraordinary meeting for January-February in the office of the National Assembly Steering Committee on the afternoon of the 25th. 2023.1.25
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Along with the power of the people, the Democratic Party agreed on the agenda of the extraordinary National Assembly in February. However, issues with great disagreements, such as the ‘supplementary budget for heating costs’ as well as the safe fare system and the grain management law, are still running in parallel, making it unclear how they can be dealt with.

Eon-seok Song, deputy floor leader of People’s Power, and vice-president Jin Seong-joon of the Democratic Party met in the office of the Steering Committee of the National Assembly on the afternoon of the 25th, ▲ held a plenary session at 2:00 pm on January 30 to handle the agenda, and ▲ convened an extraordinary session of the National Assembly from February 2 to 28 On February 6-8, questions were asked to the government, ▲ on February 13, the Democratic Party, and on February 14, it was agreed to hold a speech by the representative of the People’s Power Negotiation Group. In addition, the plenary session for handling the agenda of the National Assembly in February will be held on February 24, and if necessary, an additional plenary session will be held on the 28th.

However, the ruling and opposition parties only set the schedule in the big frame, and have very different thoughts on the detailed agenda. Regarding the issue of the rising heating cost burden, which is the immediate ‘fire in the foot’, the Democratic Party’s representative Lee Jae-myeong directly stepped forward and urged the formation of an additional budget, but the people’s strength is expressing disapproval. Song Eon-seok, senior vice president, also told reporters, “I know well enough that people are worried about heating costs.” said.

Diagnosing the cause of the situation that even came up with the word ‘heating cost bomb’ was also different. Deputy CEO Song said, “Even though the unit price of LNG has increased by two or three times, gas prices have only partially increased, which is the result of misguided economic policies in the past.” “There is a concern that the part that supports the budget right away while joining the principle of being able to do so will again lead to a surge in debt by operating the finances in a populist way.”

On the other hand, Jin Seong-joon, senior vice president, said, “I’m adding this because there seems to be a misunderstanding,” and added, “The skyrocketing price of oil, such as LNG, is largely due to the Russia-Ukraine war.” “It is true that in the past (the Moon Jae-in administration) suppressed public utility rate hikes in consideration of the public economy, but in its own way it was an inevitable choice in the economic reality at the time,” he said. The government and politicians also have a responsibility to take a look at the lives of ordinary people who are living in poverty.”

The ruling and opposition parties have yet to come to a conclusion on what to do with controversial bills, such as the Grain Management Act, which passed the direct referral of the plenary session at the relevant standing committee, the Agriculture, Livestock, Food, Marine, and Fisheries Committee, and the safe fare system, which exceeded the deadline for operating the system (sunset system). Regarding the Grain Management Act, Senior Deputy Representative Jin said, “The National Assembly Act requires the Speaker of the National Assembly to consult with the representatives of negotiating groups to decide whether or not to handle it when the plenary session decides on direct referral. “I hope you respect the procedure of the National Assembly Act,” he said.

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