Prime minister calls on lawmakers to pass ferry bill, pending economic billsUpdated: 2014-08-29 22:00:27 (KST)
Prime Minister Chung Hong-won says there's no more time to waste in passing long-pending legislation aimed at stimulating the economy.
"At least 30 economic stimulus-related bills are related to improving the livelihoods of the people. Job creation and the economic recovery are lagging. Now is the time to get them passed."
Chung's remarks coincide with government efforts to reboot the economy.
In recent weeks, the finance ministry has introduced a set of stimulus measures along with proposals for tax code revisions, to induce money flows from businesses to households in the form of investment, salary hikes and dividend payouts.
The prime minister also urged lawmakers to pass the one piece of legislation that is keeping all the others held up, the one that would set up a probe into April's ferry tragedy.
The rival parties remain deadlocked over the special Sewol-ho ferry bill.
With the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy taking to the streets in protest and boycotting all parliamentary proceedings, the ruling Saenuri Party is digging in its heels and demanding that the opposition get back to work.
The months-long partisan divide has indefinitely postponed annual parliamentary audits and pushed thousands of other bills awaiting review into the shadows.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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