MPs urged not to debate budget bill

MPs urged not to debate budget bill

Democrat MP Chinaworn Boonyakiat on Saturday called on government and opposition MPs not to debate the 2020 budget bill when they meet this week to re-vote on the second and third readings as ordered by the Constitutional Court.

Mr Chinaworn, an MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat and a government whip, said the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for the 2020 fiscal year was delayed for five months and the MPs should proceed to the vote without any deliberation.

The vote on the second and third readings is scheduled for Feb 13 in a special session after the court ruled on Friday that the budget bill is partially constitutional and ordered MPs to vote again on the second and third readings during which illegal proxy voting was found.

Mr Chinaworn said government whips will meet on Feb 12 and when it is expected to propose to the House that the vote proceed without another round of discussions so that the bill can be forwarded to the Senate the following day.

Democrat deputy leader Ongart Klampaiboon said the party MPs will meet on Feb 11 and he will ask those who had debated the budget bill to refrain from doing so to avoid any unnecessary delay.

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