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Assembly set to pass W607.9t budget by deadline: official

Parliament holds a plenary session for the revision of the youth protection act on Nov. 11. (Yonhap)
Parliament holds a plenary session for the revision of the youth protection act on Nov. 11. (Yonhap)
The National Assembly is set to pass the government's 2022 budget before Thursday's deadline after increasing the sum by 3.5 trillion won ($2.97 billion) to 607.9 trillion won, a ruling party official said.

"The ruling and opposition parties have nearly reached an agreement on tax revenues and expenditures, as well as the amount of net increase," the Democratic Party official told Yonhap News Agency.

"There are differences over some projects, but we can't let that stop us from passing the items we have already agreed on," the official continued. "We will pass the budget by today's legal deadline."

The DP and the main opposition People Power Party reached a tentative agreement Wednesday to adjust the government's budget proposal to increase grants for local governments and compensation for small businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic while reducing the issuance of government bonds, among other things.

But the negotiations hit a snag after the PPP rejected DP demands to increase the defense ministry's budget for a light aircraft carrier project.

The parliamentary defense committee earlier slashed the budget from 7.2 billion won to 500 million won after the PPP questioned the project's feasibility and necessity.

"Our party is sticking to passing the government's original proposal," the official said of the project. "If a compromise is not reached between the ruling and opposition parties, passing the original proposal is in line with budgetary procedures." (Yonhap)

 

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