Rival parties are wrangling over whether to give an inquiry panel prosecutorial powers during its investigation into the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
The opposition party and the families of the victims are insisting they be given that authority, arguing that the panel will not be able to root out the causes without it.
With the ferry bill in limbo, a number of other bills related to stimulating the economy are pending.
"I'm speechless. What are we getting out of this political deadlock? What's the essence of democracy? What are we going to say to our future generations?"
"Our party has been trying to offer leadership to the parliament. I've tried to break the impasse and I've done my best to cooperate."
The government is trying to speed up its drive to boost the economy with a set of stimulus measures, including tax code revisions, that are intended to induce money to flow from businesses to households in the form of investments, salary hikes and dividend payouts.
President Park Geun-hye is known to have instructed her aides to cooperate with parliament to ensure the passage of a set of bills aimed at rooting out corruption and fostering service sector industries to create jobs.
But with the rival parties at loggerheads, the new economic team may have no choice but to wait.
"If the political discord continues,.. the ruling party may find it much more difficult to pass urgent bills while the opposition party could be facing yet another leadership crisis.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.