Senate passes budget bill in 1 hour

Senate passes budget bill in 1 hour

The House of Representatives on Thursday during the re-vote on the budget bill in the second and third readings. (Photo by Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
The House of Representatives on Thursday during the re-vote on the budget bill in the second and third readings. (Photo by Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

The 2020 Budget Bill cruised through the Senate on Friday and is on course to be forwarded to His Majesty the King for royal endorsement.

The senators voted 215-0 for the bill, with six abstentions, during a meeting that took only one hour.

The bill also easily passed the House of Representatives, by 257-1, on Thursday after the opposition opted out of the re-vote for the second and third readings ordered by the Constitutional Court due to proxy voting by the coalition parties.

Deputy Prime Minister Vissanu Kruea-ngam on Friday thanked the upper house for the quick vote.

The bill will be sent to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha next week and he will forward it to His Majesty the King for royal endorsement, he said.


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