Bundestag establishes controversial main committee for the first time

Bundestag establishes controversial main committee for the first time

The 47-member committee, the first of its kind in parliamentary history, is to replace all the specialized committees that are normally responsible for the detailed discussion of bills and motions until the government is formed. The left and the greens sharply criticized the supercommittee in the bundestag debate and voted against it.

The committees are of crucial importance for the work of the bundestag. Traditionally, for example, the strongest opposition faction chairs the important budget committee, which is the final authority that has to approve all spending decisions. The committees are filled according to faction strength. CDU/CSU and SPD reject appointment before formation of government as too time-consuming, because neither the departmental portfolios nor the personnel of the new government are known. As a rule, members of the government do not belong to any committees.

The main committee, which was to be constituted on thursday afternoon, consists of 23 members of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, 14 members of the SPD parliamentary group and 5 members each from the left and the greens. The committee is chaired by norbert lammert (CDU), the president of the bundestag, and one of the six vice-presidents of the bundestag is the deputy chairman.

SPD faction leader thomas oppermann emphasized: "the main committee is of course not contrary to constitutional law, it is a committee in which parliament now decides for a short period of time how to organize its work."Union faction leader michael grosse-bromer (CDU) said that the main committee would enable all factions to work together efficiently.

The left rejects the temporary solution, and its leader petra sitte calls it unconstitutional. At the beginning of november, your parliamentary group had failed with the idea of setting up nine specialist committees ahead of time.

The grunen were also unsuccessful on thursday with their motion to form all 22 specialist committees immediately. "We can’t let black-red stall us for much longer. No one knows when the grand coalition will come to pot with its departmental cuts," britta habelmann, parliamentary secretary of the grunen faction, told dpa.

Jorg van essen, the long-serving parliamentary leader of the FDP, which is no longer represented in the bundestag, denied this via a press release from party headquarters: "never before in the history of the german bundestag has there been such a capitulation by parliamentarians to overlong coalition negotiations. Parliament lives from the expertise in its specialist committees and the resulting decisions."The FDP was the largest party in the election on 22 june. September kicked out of the bundestag.

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